The Mailer Review

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall

A Memory of Andy Gordon
I MET ANDY GORDON IN 1981. We had both published our first books on Norman Mailer and one of us, I can't recall who, got in touch by mail to congratulate the other. We had both taken psychological approaches to Mailer's work, Andy's Freudian and mine...
Children of Famous Writers
The following panel discussion took place at the Fourteenth Annual Norman Mailer Conference, held at Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey on September 30, 2016. The panel was organized by Susan Mailer and moderated by J. Michael Lennon J....
Compensatory Reversal and the Voluptuous Suffocation: Nightmare and Sexual Revenge in "The Border-Line"
The influence of sexual excitement on the content of dreams can be adequately appreciated by everyone from his own experience. --Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams To die, to sleep--to sleep, perchance to dream--ay, there's the rub....
Convict Doppelgangers
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE REAL STORY behind convict-for-life Jack Abbot's role in the composition of Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize winning opus The Executioner's Song and the role Abbott and Mailer played in one another's lives during the 1970s and 1980s,...
Defective Detectives: Generic Tension in beyond the Law
Nothing is more delightful than to confuse and upset people. Tristan Tzara BEYOND THE LAW (1968) IS FILM DIRECTOR and performer Norman Mailer's reflexive rendering of urban criminals and cops, set during the violent space and time of the late 1960s....
Dr. Bulganoff and the Solitary Teste
IN THE MIDDLE-CLASS PURLIEUS OF BROOKLYN where I grew up, Dr. Selma Bulganoff was easily our most extraordinary neighbor. She had, to begin with, a most powerful Russian accent which was a constant source of fascination to me. She was also tall and thin...
Goodbye to the Island
MARTHA'S VINEYARD IN APRIL IS FRIGID AND WINDY; the sky, a long log of weathered driftwood. For the past two weeks--while rain spit at the window and the bells in the Old Whaling Church parsed the hours--I've been at this inn-turned-writers-retreat,...
Heroic Narrative Resolution in the Armies of the Night
Norman Mailer long aspired to great accomplishments, especially to writing that would "change the consciousness of the times" or "take the temper of the times and turn it." Very likely, he also aspired to extra-literary acts of his own to rival the...
Interview with the Kommandant
This work was inspired by Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny (Vintage Books, 1974), which was first excerpted in London's Daily Telegraph Magazine and her earlier book, The German Trauma: Experiences and Reflections (Penguin...
Introduction to Norman Mailer's Talk at the University of Florida in 1986
WHEN THE TRUE LITERARY HISTORY OF AMERICA SINCE WW II IS WRITTEN, Norman Mailer is certain to be a key figure in that story. For almost forty years, since the 1948 publication of his classic war novel The Naked and the Dead, Mailer has stood at or...
Introduction to the Taschen Edition of Norman Mailer's the Fight: A Meeting of Giants
IT WAS INEVITABLE THAT MUHAMMAD ALI AND NORMAN MAILER, tWO of the most talented, narcissistic, and ferociously ambitious artists America has ever produced, would become friends. Their talents and assets were happily reciprocal. Consummate professionals,...
Literary Tough Guys
"As for the War of God and the Devil..." Norman Mailer, Letter to J. Michael Lennon, Selected Letters of Norman Mailer (p. 427) "The Psychedelic Sixties, this little parenthesis of light, might close after all, and all be lost, taken back into the...
Lost Islands of the Mind
READERS OF THIS JOURNAL will have at least a passing familiarity with the time that Rip Torn tried to kill Norman Mailer. No, that's not entirely accurate: it was Raoul Rey O'Houlihan who wielded the hammer in an attempt to murder presidential candidate...
Mailer and Babel on Being Jewish
ISAAC BABEL AND NORMAN MAILER ARE TWO WRITERS whose Works explore many of the vicissitudes of being Jewish in a culture where Jews are in a minority. Babel's stories contain a rich cast of Jewish characters who deal with life in the Russian context,...
Mailer Expunged; Mailer Restored
Understanding Norman Mailer By Maggie McKinley The University of South Carolina Press, 2017. 152 pages Hardcover (ISBN 978-1-61117-805-0): USD $39.99 Ebook (ISBN 978-1-61117-806-7): USD $21.99 THE MOST REMARKABLE THING TO ME about Maggie McKinley's Understanding...
Mired in the Past: Mailer's Egypt
For many readers, Ancient Evenings was too remote, both in terms of its arcane setting and its lurid symbolism. Unfavorable critics seized on the opportunity to draw disparaging parallels between the infamous deeds of the novel's protagonist, Menenhetet,...
Morbid Symptoms: Barbary Shore
[M]uch of my later writing cannot be understood without a glimpse of the odd shadow and theme-maddened light Barbary Shore casts before it. Advertisements for Myself The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be...
Norman Mailer Bibliography: 2015
ADDENDA THROUGH 2015 SECONDARY Essays, Articles, Book Chapters, Dissertations, and Creative Works Garrett, Leah. "1948 and the Pacific Theater: The Naked and the Dead and An Act of Love" Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American...
Norman Mailer in Long Beach
This address was delivered to the annual meeting of the Norman Mailer Society on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New jersey. I AM GOING TO TALK TODAY about how important Long Branch was to the family of Fannie...
Norman Mailer on Muhammad Ali: Boxing as Nonverbal Dialogue and the Discourse and Bantu Philosophy
A boxing-match is a story which is constructed before the eyes of the spectator... Roland Barthes, Mythologies (16) Every boxing match incarnates the whole of boxing as an incarnation of all fundamental violence. Jean-Paul Sartre, Critic of Dialectical...
Notes from the Flyover
FOR READERS WHO MIGHT ASK what to expect from Joan Didion's latest book, its subtitle raises an interesting question, especially since "notebook" and "note" signify no specific literary genre and therefore carry no set of conventions, no definite reader...
On Compiling a Selective Bibliography of "The White Negro"
2017 MARKED THE SIXTY-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the publication of Norman Mailer's essay "The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster," announcing the emergence of his new existential hero, the "philosophical psychopath," a Nietzschean ubermensch...
On Film: A Conversation with Michael Mailer
Michael Mailer has been involved in filmmaking for several decades and has produced more than twenty films. His recent work includes directing Blind, a film staring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, and Dylan McDermott. The following interview took place at...
Reflections
This year marks Volume 11 of Review. As many of our readers know, the production of this issue has been exceptionally challenging as we experienced significant delays beyond our control. However, we are back on track and Volume 12 is scheduled to be...
Remembering Andrew Gordon
Editor's note: Andrew M. Gordon passed away on October 18, 2018 (the year prior to the publication of this volume). He was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Florida and Vice-President of the PsyArt Foundation, for which he organized...
"The Faggot Police"
SO THESE FOOTBALL PLAYERS DECIDED I WAS A FAG. I don't know why, maybe because most of my friends in high school were bi-sexual psychopaths who looked like Edward Scissorhands (without the scissors). These steroid-infused nyctalopians (1) were the size...
THE NAKED AND THE DEAD (LES NUS ET LES MORTS): (Paris: Albin Michel, 1950. Translated by Jean Malaquais.) Preface by Andre Maurois
HERE IS A DIFFICULT, UNPLEASANT, SOMETIMES IRRITATING, but Unforgettable book. An imperfect book, but a great one. American critics think that this novel by Norman Mailer is the best one that has been written about the second great world war. When reviewing...
"The White Negro": A Selective Bibliography
Adams, Laura. Existential Battles: The Growth of Norman Mailer. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 1976. --, ed. Will the Real Norman Mailer Please Stand Up? Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1974. Ahearn, Allen. "Collecting Mailer." The Mailer Review,...
Unfolding Primal Emotions with Patience
Somebody with a Little Hammer By Mary Gaitskill Pantheon Books, 2017 280 pp. Cloth. $25.95 THESE WIDE-RANGING ESSAYS BY MARY GAITSKILL were published between 1994 and 2016. The reviews cover Elizabeth Wurtzel's Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women, Joyce...
Where Is Norman Mailer When We Need Him?
Norman Mailer: Four Books of the 1960s and Norman Mailer: Collected Essays of the 1960s Editor J. Michael Lennon New York: Library of America, 2018, 1439 pages Boxed set, Hardcover (ISBN 978-1-59853-558-7 & 978-1-59853-559-4) USD $80.00 THE LIBRARY...
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