Adios, Norman

I always thought loudmouth, pugnacious Mailer was a bore, and that was even before my beautiful but alcoholic and suicidal aunt told me she thought he was a genius. His "The Naked and the Dead" war novel was, uh, pretty awful. Like something a staff officer would cobble together about the combat he never saw. This piece sums NM up much better than I can, or would even want to. Adios, Norman. Now go fade to well-deserved obscurity.

Via Roger L. Simon 

0 responses to “Adios, Norman

  1. Yep. A possibly talented man (could have been a good aeronautical engineer) squashed by his own immense ego.
    One thing, though: he was excellent in reading the market and in showmanship 😉

  2. Yep. A possibly talented man (could have been a good aeronautical engineer) squashed by his own immense ego.
    One thing, though: he was excellent in reading the market and in showmanship 😉

  3. Kimball’s piece was the first I’d heard that NM was an engineer. In retrospect, TNATD reads sort of like someone trying to build a bridge, and that’s not a compliment.

  4. Kimball’s piece was the first I’d heard that NM was an engineer. In retrospect, TNATD reads sort of like someone trying to build a bridge, and that’s not a compliment.