:: Saturday, 10 November 2007 ::
Norman Mailer is Dead
That Powerline post about him is a goody. Captures Mailer quite well.
Although the man was a leftie nightmare of idiocy and misplaced compassion:
In 1980, Mailer spearheaded convicted killer Jack Abbott's successful bid for parole. He helped Abbott publish a collection of letters to Mailer about his experiences in prison. Abbott committed a murder within weeks of his release, and consequently, Mailer was subject to criticism for his role; in a 1992 interview, in the Buffalo News, he conceded that his involvement was "another episode in my life in which I can find nothing to cheer about or nothing to take pride in."
Ya know, in all my life I have yet to aggressively petition to release a killer, who kills again. Any neither has my mother.
I guess it could happen.
But it prolly will not.
What a wanker he was, eh?
But prolly a bucket of fun to have a beer with.
Anyhoo, for all his good works, he wrote some real shit. I musta tried reading Ancient Evenings about a hundered times but never made it past the opening bits which I think take place in a mausoleum or cemetery...or maybe it was a carpark. Whatever. It was impenetrable and insufferable in anything other than small doses. Possibly like the man himself.
:: WB 4:21 pm [link+] ::