How Overrated Is Norman Mailer?

Written by Daniel Freed on . Posted in Books, Posts

"Politicians, ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough," Noah Cross (John Huston) said in Chinatown. Norman Mailer’s writing hasn’t lasted quite long enough to attain complete respectability–or to become classic, by which I mean (borrowing from what I believe was Mark Twain’s definition) that which is often praised but seldom [&hellip
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Q&A With Perv’s Jerry Stahl

Written by J.T. Leroy on . Posted in Books, Posts

Fiction Is the Last Frontier Jerry Stahl’s memoir Permanent Midnight (later made into that movie staring Ben Stiller) blew me away–its wicked humor, brilliant language, his breathtaking honesty in telling how he plunged from being a Hollywood tv writer to a low-down street junkie. I became friends with Jerry Stahl more than two and a [&hellip
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A Conversation with Lee Stringer

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Books, Posts

Wise Counsel Before Lee Stringer’s first book–Grand Central Winter–came out in 1998, his publisher, as most all publishers do, sent copies of the galleys around to other established and well-known writers, in the hopes of getting a blurb or two to slap on the back cover. It’s a peculiar and very contrived activity, this blurbage, [&hellip
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Police State & Prison Time

Written by Megan Shaw on . Posted in Books, Posts

Police State In Wyoming the Immigration and Naturalization Service raids the celebrity town of Jackson Hole, rounding up Latino workers right and left. Arresting them en masse, they write identification numbers on their forearms. Eventually the workers with clean legal status are released, but the undocumented are "transported off to detention in a manure-strewn cattle [&hellip
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