Norman Mailer

ZZ1C63F5E2.pngOne of the writers whose por­traits I use for my screen saver, Norman Mailer, has died aged 84 of ren­al fail­ure, accord­ing to the BBC. This short video obit­u­ary is pretty much on-the-money: quite a like­able, gregari­ous, opin­ion­ated and con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure who broke noses fig­ur­at­ively and lit­er­ally, but I can’t think of anoth­er writer who used English in quite the same way. I reviewed a couple of his books for Spike Magazine — Ancient Evenings and Of A Fire On The Moon — both of which I can recall vividly even years after read­ing them. I’m still try­ing to recov­er from the mag­ni­fi­cent Harlot’s Ghost. You’ll get a good sense of Mailer from this mid-1980s Don Swaim inter­view. Not sure what more I can say without sound­ing trite. One of America’s greatest writers is gone.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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