Author: Norman Mailer

  • Quickly: A Column for Slow Readers

    Norman Mailer's first Village Voice column

    Many years ago I remember reading a piece in the newspapers by Ernest Hemingway and thinking: “What windy writing.” That is the penalty for having a reputation as a writer. Any signed paragraph which appears in print is examined by the usual sadistic literary standards, rather than with the easy tolerance of a newspaper reader […]

  • Norman Mailer on Jean Genet’s “The Blacks”

    Theatre: “The Blacks”┬áPart 1 May 11, 1961 No one who believes in the greatness of certain plays would go to any one of our houses to enjoy them. They exist as thundering productions in the mind only. We know they might be done (“King Lear,” for example, should be played by Ernest Hemingway), but one […]

  • Mailer’s First Voice Column

    QUICKLY: A COLUMN FOR SLOW READERS Column One Many years ago I remember reading a piece in the newspapers by Ernest Hemingway and thinking: ‘What windy writing.’ That is the penalty for having a reputation as a writer. Any signed paragraph which appears in print is examined by the usual sadistic literary standards, rather than […]