Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Author Norman Mailer, Who Penned 'The Naked and The Dead,' Dead at 84
AP via FOXNews.com ^ | Saturday, November 10, 2007 | AP

Posted on 11/10/2007 5:01:15 AM PST by JohnLongIsland

NEW YORK — Norman Mailer, the macho prince of American letters who for decades reigned as the country's literary conscience and provocateur, died of renal failure early Saturday, his literary executor said. He was 84.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: normanmailer; obituary
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-54 next last

1 posted on 11/10/2007 5:01:16 AM PST by JohnLongIsland
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

“The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.”


2 posted on 11/10/2007 5:04:41 AM PST by scrabblehack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

he could have been so much more but chose not to be “all he could be”


3 posted on 11/10/2007 5:05:48 AM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Hemingway wannabe assumes room temperature.


4 posted on 11/10/2007 5:05:56 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Having been forced to read some of his turgid nonsense in high school, I can only say I really couldn’t care much less.


5 posted on 11/10/2007 5:11:38 AM PST by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Wasn’t he a Timothy McVee supporter? Before Mc Vee was killed?


6 posted on 11/10/2007 5:14:15 AM PST by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Too have been so famous he accomplished little.


7 posted on 11/10/2007 5:19:22 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

He was a crusty old feller. He provided great commentary about the Ali-Foreman fight in “ When we were kings.” I remember seeing black & white footage of him from the 60s when he tried running for mayor of New York: he was drunk, and had a cup of something in his hand, and whatever he said, it was quite entertaining.

I guess Charlie Rose will rerun some of his final interviews they did together, this coming week.


8 posted on 11/10/2007 5:20:27 AM PST by period end of story (I may be totally wrong, but I'm a dancing fool.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: submarinerswife

Seems I recall something like that, big anti-death penalty guy. Ironically he sentenced a waiter to death when he and his leftist cronies successfully got Jack Abbot paroled after which he promptly stabbed the poor guy to death.


9 posted on 11/10/2007 5:23:13 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

What I’d do on his grave wouldn’t pass for flowers.


10 posted on 11/10/2007 5:24:43 AM PST by gate2wire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ontap

Yup. I’ve always felt he was just as guilty as abbott. I read that trash ‘In the Belly of the Beast’ that mailer thought was so great. Couldn’t get through it. Pure $hit.


11 posted on 11/10/2007 5:27:13 AM PST by gate2wire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: ontap

I remember that guy, the one he got out. Wonder if he is lunching with Gary Gilmore.


12 posted on 11/10/2007 5:31:54 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: gate2wire

Of course, any hint of holding criminals responsible for their actions is barbarism according to these lefties.


13 posted on 11/10/2007 5:31:57 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Bill Buckley on Norman Mailer: “If only he would lift his gaze from the world’s genitals.”


14 posted on 11/10/2007 5:32:04 AM PST by Perdogg (Elections have consequences.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg

I miss Buckley on Firing line.


15 posted on 11/10/2007 5:38:57 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Flaming, dumb liberal.

But one hell of a story teller.


16 posted on 11/10/2007 5:40:15 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Glenn

If he were only just a liberal. He was so far to the left, he almost went around the spectrum to the other side.


17 posted on 11/10/2007 5:46:36 AM PST by Perdogg (Elections have consequences.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

He has blood on his hands for getting that thug, Henry Abbot, out of prison.


18 posted on 11/10/2007 5:48:33 AM PST by Jagman (I drank Frank Rabelais under the table!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gate2wire
The Naked and the Dead, based on his experiences in the Pacific during the War, was compelling. After that he became something of a celebrity hack.
19 posted on 11/10/2007 5:52:56 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

I can live without him......


20 posted on 11/10/2007 5:53:52 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jagman

All Libs are the same way.


21 posted on 11/10/2007 5:56:00 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

So he’s dead, but is he naked?


22 posted on 11/10/2007 6:02:47 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - man's surrender. Laughter - God's reward.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland
He was a passable writer, but was a phenomenal shill for the left and that was why he was elevated to such 'godlike' status in the literary world. Never enjoyed his work, but man was I forced to choke it down in grad school. From all accounts, Mailer sounded like such an angry, wretched venemous person.

Still, someone who loved him is probably hurting right now, so my prayers are with them.

23 posted on 11/10/2007 6:18:41 AM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Nasty, wife-beating old anti-American hack.


24 posted on 11/10/2007 6:19:39 AM PST by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland
Mailer DID support Timothy McVeigh.

I remember now (that I have had a cup of coffee).

They were pen pals and Norman Mailer was doing interviews all over TV in the days before McVeigh’s execution. Mailer said that he and McVeigh were close friends.

The leftists are in mourning for this scum.

25 posted on 11/10/2007 6:20:56 AM PST by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland
Skip to comments.

DFU SONG: Norman (Norman Mailer, you suck) 9-6-02
DFU SONG PARODIES | 9-2002 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland

Posted on 09/06/2002 6:45:42 PM PDT by doug from upland

MIDI - NORMAN

He hates this nation, there is little doubt
Just watch him pout…he's burned out
I see his face and then I think of trout
That's Norman Mailer

Yes, he is a guy who's had six wives
They must have all had such hellish lives
There remains a question about Adele
Why did he stab her, oh, do tell

Norman, why are you unpatriotic
Norman, you are truly idiotic
Norman, Norman, you suck

He's getting thirsty and he needs some booze
It's rum he'll choose…then he'll snooze
He has his fill and throws up on his shoes
That's Norman Mailer

Yes, he is a guy who's had six wives
They must have all had such hellish lives
There remains a question about Adele
Why did he stab her, oh, do tell

Norman, why are you unpatriotic
Norman, you are truly idiotic
Norman, Norman, you suck

26 posted on 11/10/2007 6:25:27 AM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RepoGirl

He knew how to hustle the ‘intellectual’ crowd in NY.

He knew how to keep himself in the news because the news is leftist. Just like Susan Sontag.

He probably never read Marx.

He was a mediocre writer.


27 posted on 11/10/2007 6:27:26 AM PST by squarebarb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: squarebarb

Amen to all of that.


28 posted on 11/10/2007 6:31:00 AM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Even “The Simpsons” got in a shot at Mailer. I remember one episode where Lisa — normally the liberal intellectual — complained that she couldn’t stand to read one more line of Mailer “waxing nostalgic about his waning libido.” That about sums him up for me.


29 posted on 11/10/2007 7:26:12 AM PST by IronJack (=)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

In my opinion, his best work was when he made a cameo appearance on “The Gilmore Girls”.


30 posted on 11/10/2007 7:27:17 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #31 Removed by Moderator

To: JohnLongIsland

Good bye.


32 posted on 11/10/2007 7:41:08 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

Good riddance to bad rubbish.


33 posted on 11/10/2007 8:16:05 AM PST by jpl (Dear Al Gore: it's 3:00 A.M., do you know where your drug addicted son is?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

The AP just can’t write a lead sentence without injecting its political slant. “Literary conscience?” Please...


34 posted on 11/10/2007 8:19:25 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ronin

Having been forced to read some of his turgid nonsense in high school, I can only say I really couldn’t care much less.

Still prayers to his family who are hurting from the loss.


35 posted on 11/10/2007 8:22:50 AM PST by napscoordinator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: RepoGirl
He was a passable writer, but was a phenomenal shill for the left and that was why he was elevated to such 'godlike' status in the literary world. Never enjoyed his work, but man was I forced to choke it down in grad school. From all accounts, Mailer sounded like such an angry, wretched venemous person.

**************

I think that sums it up.

36 posted on 11/10/2007 8:25:50 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: gate2wire
I read that trash ‘In the Belly of the Beast’ that mailer thought was so great.

That was by Jack Abbot about Jack Abbot. He hung himself.

Had to read the garbage in school. Wrote a paper.

The weird pervert instructor hated my guts, but had to give me a good grade because I was the only one who actually read it. I threw the Marquis de Sade in his face all through out the paper... he must have been a masochist...

37 posted on 11/10/2007 8:47:51 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: doug from upland
Anaïs Nin, Henry Miller, Marquis de Sade, Norman Mailer... ALL FILTH...
38 posted on 11/10/2007 8:56:35 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Sir Francis Dashwood

“He hung himself.”

Good. Knew he died. Didn’t know how.
Abbott was a piece of $hit.


39 posted on 11/10/2007 9:23:41 AM PST by gate2wire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: submarinerswife

I think you’re thinking of Gore Vidal.


40 posted on 11/10/2007 9:41:42 AM PST by aynrandfreak (The Left hates America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: squarebarb; Perdogg
He was a mediocre writer.

Bill Buckley on Norman Mailer: “If only he would lift his gaze from the world’s genitals.”

Decades have passed since I've read anything by Mailer or even thought about him being alive or dead. Except for one book, I didn't much care for Mailer's work.

But, he was a superb writer.

I think Buckley was right on the matter. Mailer could write but he always seemed to choose subjects and themes a bit too far south of the heart. Which is pretty much why I never read more than one of his books, parts of two others, and a few of his shorter stories in a collected work.

Maybe ten years ago, I had a passing acquaintance with Captain J.D. Stallings, one of the officers from the 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team in which Mailer served. Mailer came up on one of those occasions. Captain Stallings said that Mailer had a habit of going missing and when they'd go looking for him, they would always find him hunkered down somewhere . . . writing.

41 posted on 11/10/2007 10:11:43 AM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: period end of story
He was a bs artist.
Middle name, ‘Kingsly’.
Mommas boy.
Washed dishes, laid wire, clerk in the Philippines.
He only seemed tough to wimpy New York lefties.
No one reads him anymore.

How do you have an engineering degree from Harvard and get put into a enlisted unit? How big of a mental head case do you have to be not to be found fit for lording over a tool room in a Air Force base or something?

42 posted on 11/10/2007 10:14:35 AM PST by Leisler (RNC, RINO National Committee. Always was, always will be.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

I’ll be polite and say RIP.


43 posted on 11/10/2007 10:25:31 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

There is a world of difference between ‘macho’ and ‘macho-acting’.


44 posted on 11/10/2007 10:58:14 AM PST by TalBlack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland
Good info here. Mailer was a creep. Now he's a dead creep. Prayers to his loved ones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Mailer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Abbott

45 posted on 11/10/2007 12:28:22 PM PST by doesnt suffer fools gladly (Liberals lie.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland
While most here came to bury Norman not to praise him; I must acknowledge he was one of my favorite writers in college and I never lost my love of his sometimes wicked, sometimes poetic but always brilliant prose. The Naked and the Dead has not been surpassed as the quintessential war novel and The Executioner’s Song took true cime nonfiction to a level as high as Capote did. While I disagreed with his politics and amorality on every level, I read Armies of the Night at least three times in awe of Mailer’s ability to cut to the chase in a sentence saying more than most writers can in a chapter. Adios Norman, I hope you found salvation in your later years.
46 posted on 11/10/2007 12:28:24 PM PST by joebuck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

I never could figure out why this guy was important.


47 posted on 11/10/2007 12:45:25 PM PST by RichardW
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Anais Nin could actually write. So could the Marquis. The other two.....blech.

L

48 posted on 11/10/2007 12:55:21 PM PST by Lurker ( Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing smallpox to ebola.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: joebuck
I never lost my love of his sometimes wicked, sometimes poetic but always brilliant prose. . . . Mailer’s ability to cut to the chase in a sentence saying more than most writers can in a chapter.

As I wrote above, I didn't much care for the bulk of Mailer's work. I started but did not finish Armies of the Night, for example.

Even in the stuff I did not like and did not finish, I saw that his prose was indeed often brilliant. He could pack not only the essence of something into a sparse phrase or sentence, but his imagery was frequently so three-dimensional you could see and taste it.

49 posted on 11/10/2007 1:12:33 PM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: JohnLongIsland

One of Tom Wolfe’s Three Stooges! Two to go.


50 posted on 11/10/2007 1:15:41 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-54 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson