Morning Bites: Watchmen prequels, S.J. Perelman, fiction faith struggles, Mailer, The Shining 2 (by Franzen), and more

Prequels for Watchmen?  Alan Moore calls it “shameless.” S.J. Perelman was born on this day in 1904.  Director John Ford and Clark Gable also would be celebrating birthdays if they weren’t dead. Great fictional characters struggling with faith. Somehow we missed that yesterday was Norman Mailer’s birthday.  PageViews did not make such an egregious error. “The Shining 2 By Jonathan Franzen by Stephen King” by Blake Butler at Vice. At McSweeney’s: “Your dreamcatcher is clogged again.” Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google […]

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Literary Trading Cards: Mailer, Royko, Parker and Hunter S. Share a Drink

We liked hearing Gay Talese talk about all the drinking and partying that used to go on at The New York Times, that this week’s literary trading card is dedicated to four of our favorite writers who probably spent as much time with their bartender as they did their editor. From left to right: Dorothy Parker, Mike Royko, Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer. Want a copy? Buy it here. (All art by Margarita Korol)

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From My Mom’s Attic: Norman Mailer’s Fifth Marriage, 1980

Posted by Jason Diamond We’re hoarders in my family.  Not the crazy kind you see on that television show, but good ones who neatly stack piles of books, magazines and records to the ceilings and create fire hazards. I found a few choice things last time I was there.  Mainly the above issue of People from around my third month on the Earth.  I looked at it and thought, “you never see major magazines like this discussing authors anymore,” and […]

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Norris Church Mailer’s Obituary

Posted by Jason Diamond Norris Church Mailer died.   I guess Norris will always be known as being married to genius/pig/total prick/genius, Norman Mailer.  She will also be known for writing a book about being married to Norman — the one that tells you more than you ever wanted to know about their sex life. She is also the person who’s New York Times obituary ends with this: Before she met Mr. Mailer, she claimed, she had a fling with the […]

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Weekend Bites: Mailer/Frey, “real-sad writing,” Adam Levin, The Awl wants to merge, and more

At Impose:  The Norman Mailer/James Frey connection. At Vice: New York Tyrant says that Brandon Hobson writes “real-sad writing.”  Find out for yourself. At Beatrice: Discussing The Instructions by Adam Levin. At NPR:  Nora Ephron getting older is funnier than you at pretty much any point in your life. The Awl were inspired by Tina Brown, and will now merge with any magazine that will have them At The Guardian:  French Maoists, The Rolling Stones, and Sartre all make appearances […]

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Rose Peddles: The Best of Charlie Rose Interviewing Authors.

Posted by Nick Curley May 26th, 1995: Norman Mailer. Summary: Today would have been Lee Harvey Oswald’s seventy-first birthday.  From the 92nd Street Y, Mailer hypes his conspiracy theories about JFK’s death towards his book Oswald’s Tale.  Branching out of the studio forces a younger, more genteel Rose to serve as soothsaying moderator.  Highlights include Mailer’s thoughts of an increasingly cynical media, predictions for the long-term effects of the OJ trial, “spiritual ecology” post-Vietnam, and his explication on what the […]

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