Monday, November 12, 2007
Norman Mailer, 1923-2007
Norman Mailer has died at the age of 84. The author of over 30 books including The Naked and the Dead, he was a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, for The Armies of the Night (1968) and for The Executioner's Song (1979). Mailer will also be remembered for his legendary bitch fights with Gore Vidal. Vidal compared Mailer's book The Prisoner of Sex to "three days of menstural flow." Mailer once head-butted Vidal in the green room of the Dick Cavett Show. Still on the ground, Vidal said "words fail Norman Mailer yet again." On the air, Mailer said Vidal had "ruined Jack Kerouac" by having sex with him. And I thought my friends were bitchy. The two reconciled and remained friends for life.