Norman Mailer

We’ve managed, though not aimed, to omit from the blog the passing of writer Norman Mailer last Saturday. Rather than try to compile some mediocre obituaries, I thought I would share a link to a fantastic one–penned by none other than Mailer himself in 1979 for Boston magazine as a semi-joke:

Norman Mailer passed away yesterday after celebrating his fifteenth divorce and sixteenth wedding. “I just don’t feel the old vim,� complained the writer recently. He was renowned in publishing circles for his blend of fictional journalism and factual fiction, termed by literary critic William Buckley: Contemporaneous Ratiocinative Aesthetical Prolegomena. Buckley was consequentially sued by Mailer for malicious construction of invidious acronyms. “Norman does take himself seriously,� was Mr. Buckley’s reply. “Of course he is the last of those who do.� (MORE)

Thanks to Jewlicious for the tip.

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