Conversations with Norman Mailer

Conversations with Norman Mailer

by J. Michael Lennon
     
 

Conversations with the genre-bending creator of The Naked and the Dead, Executioner's Song, and Armies of the NightSee more details below

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Conversations with the genre-bending creator of The Naked and the Dead, Executioner's Song, and Armies of the Night

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878053520
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
05/28/1988
Series:
Literary Conversations Series
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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Interviewer: Well, then, what can ruin a first-rate writer?

Mailer: Booze, pot, too much sex, too much failure in one's private life, too much attrition, too much recognition, too little recognition, frustration. Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice—as one gets older, one becomes aware of one's cowardice, the desire to be bold which once was a joy gets heavy with caution and duty. And finally there's apathy. About the time it doesn't seem too important any more to be a great writer, you know you've slipped far enough to be doing your work now on the comeback trail.

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