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hutch0
Date: 2007-11-11 01:02
Subject: the man is dead
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I'd like to mark - as you all know already - the death of Norman Mailer.

I didn't like most of his work, although I thought The Executioner's Song was a remarkable book, and I found his opposition to the feminist movement difficult to swallow, but a giant has passed. We will not see his like again.
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User: randeroo
Date: 2007-11-11 03:20 (UTC)
Subject: rush
ok Mailer's dead but which rush album are you hooked up to?
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RealThog: Me at Arizona Meteor Crater
User: realthog
Date: 2007-11-11 14:45 (UTC)
Subject: Re: rush
Keyword:Me at Arizona Meteor Crater
You ever gonna get round to posting anything in your journal, Randeroo? Or to reciprocating my making you a friend? Huh? Huh? Huh?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-12 21:33 (UTC)
Subject: Re: rush
All of them, pretty much, but I think I was about halfway through Vapor Trails when I posted this. I didn't like it at all when I first heard it, but I listened to it again a few months ago and found to my surprise that there was actually much to enjoy.

By the way, welcome. Pull up a chair, grab yourself a beverage.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-12 21:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I read an extract from Ancient Evenings and felt extremely ho-hum about it, so I didn't bother with the rest of the novel. I liked The Executioner's Song a lot, as I said, but much of the rest of his work left me rather cold, I'm afraid.

The writers' strike gets a bit of coverage over here now and again, but not much.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-11-11 14:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When I got the news yesterday (those nice people at the BBC sent me an e-mail specially to let me know) I looked at it and realized that (a) it went into the same intellectual and emotional pocket of my brain as the death of Kurt Vonnegut a few months ago and (b) the death of Vonnegut had hit me a lot harder. As you say, with Mailer it was difficult to like a lot of the work (indeed, I found much of it unreadable, and eventually gave up trying), and it was certainly hard to like the man. Further, was the work in fact of any importance, or was it simply that he kept telling us so?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-12 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I started to think of Mailer as less a writer and more of a literary creation. Like you, I found Vonnegut's death hitting me harder.

But like him or loathe him, Mailer had a huge influence on American letters.
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