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'Norman Mailer: The Sixties': A Turbulent Decade, an Exhaustive Collection, a Divisive Writer

Despite Mailer's literary merit, his persistent fetishizing of the black body in his writing during the '60s gets tiresome. Yet we can't ignore these works.

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As a Way of Being in the World, to Be Cool Is to Be a Fascinating Asshole

Cool seems to be a phenomenon located mainly between the end of Hitler’s war and the beginning of Kurt Cobain’s band.

Politics

On Norman Mailer, Jack Henry Abbott, and the Legacy of Going Too Deep Into the Belly of the Beast

How Norman Mailer, while preparing 1979's The Executioner's Song, collaborated with Jack Henry Abbott and opened doors that should have remained shut.

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Independent Lens: Doc

Sinuous, dynamic, and utterly compelling, Doc remembers the man as his own lifelong project.

Television

Oswald's Ghost: American Experience

Regarding the Kennedy assassination, Norman Mailer describes an utterly "American" problem and seeming solution, the simultaneous determination and inability to believe.

Film

Oswalds Ghost

The question at the center of Oswald's Ghost is less about facts and figures, the unsolved case, than it is about perception.

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The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer

Who needs another book on Hitler? Even one by Norman Mailer?

Carlin Romano
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Inside Deep Throat (2005)

Inside Deep Throat is less interested in the film's making than in its cultural and political fallouts.

Cynthia Fuchs
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