Monday, July 11, 2005

knuckle sandwich

Once upon a time, bully Norman Mailer found occasion to sucker-punch quipster Gore Vidal, to which Mr. Vidal replied,
"Words fail Norman Mailer, yet again."

Over at Yankee Pot Roast, Whit Coppedge speculates on Mr. Mailer's inner struggle in the car on the way home.

5 comments:

LEONE said...

Did you hear what Mailer said about the book reviewer at the Times?

http://www.aaja.org/news/mediawatch/2005_06_29_1/

ha-ha -- everbody's all upset about this

escapegrace said...

I saw him speak at the Grad Center a couple of years ago, and while I think his comments reveal him to be the ass that he is, they're hardly surprising. Leopard...spots...etc.

Anonymous said...

What did he say to the Times? I know people say he's a turd, but I enjoyed The Deer Park more than anything I've read in ages.

mailto:leonemeister@gmail.com said...

I don't think he's an ass at all: I think he's exactly right. It takes balls to say stuff like this in today's hyper-sensitive PC climate, don't you think?

escapegrace said...

Say stuff like what? The dig about her having a problem with white men can be disproved by just looking at her reviews. She has a problem with bad writing. She doles out critcism equally to women and non-white men. Mailer's issue with her reviewing the book before it came out wouldn't be an issue if she had liked it. Claiming one of the most powerful reviewers in the U.S. is only where she is because she's Asian and female is cheap, insulting, and uninformed. I've witnessed Mailer say women shouldn't write at all, so I think we need to consider the source.