How Overrated Is Norman Mailer?

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"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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READINGS Wednesday 11/24 ROCKY SULLIVAN’S READINGS Weekly readings. Today, Michael Patrick McDonald reads …

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ROCKY SULLIVAN’S READINGS Weekly readings. Today, Michael Patrick McDonald reads from Lost Souls-A Family Story from Southie; Rocky Sullivan’s, 129 Lexington Ave. (betw. 28th & 29th Sts.), 725-3871; 8, free.   WILD WEDNESDAYS Viviana Grell & Irene Mallinger host open mic with featured readers each week, this week, Don Zirilli; New World Coffee, 107-24 Continental [&hellip
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CLUBS & LOUNGES ALPHABET LOUNGE 104 Ave. C (7th St.), 780-0202. WEDS: …

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104 Ave. C (7th St.), 780-0202. WEDS: DRAG NITE: MC Gadget hosts new night feat. Kurfew DJs Pussy-Lee, Peter Pan & Evan Image; 10, $5.   ANGEL 174 Orchard St. (betw. Houston & Stanton Sts.), 780-0313. WED: DIASPORA: DJ’s Geoff & Vanessa blend reggae, Latin, deep house, hiphop, soul, jungle & jazz; 10, free. TUES: [&hellip
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SKITS & IMPROV ANTISLAM Rev. Jen hosts a scorn free open mic; …

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Rev. Jen hosts a scorn free open mic; Collective Unconscious, 145 Ludlow (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 539-7570; Weds. at 8, $3.   BURN MANHATTAN Improv multimedia comedy; Nada 45, 445 W. 45th St., 4th Fl. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 502-0868; Fri. & Sat. at 10, $8.   camera shy seniors Sketch comedy troupe [&hellip
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CONCERTS Friday 11/26 COMPLETELY COPELAND FESTIVAL New York Philharmonic honors the 100th anniversary …

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COMPLETELY COPELAND FESTIVAL New York Philharmonic honors the 100th anniversary of Aaron Copeland’s birth. Kurt Masur conducts Inscape, clarinet concerto, Symphonic Ode & four dance episodes from Rodeo; Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, B’way (64th St.), 721-6500; 8, $18-$77.   MASTERS OF SLAPSTICK WITH THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA Screening of shorts by Chaplin, Keaton [&hellip
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STAND-UP COMEDY BLUESTOCKING 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 330-8611. …

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172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 330-8611. SAT: TV Head, 12 a.m., $5.   CAROLINE’S COMEDY CLUB 1626 B’way (49th St.), 757-4100. Also see "Family." WEDS: Robert Klien, Bobby Collins. THURS: Colin Quinn. FRI-SUN: Colin Quinn, The Nasty Show. MON & TUES: New talent night hosted by Eddie Brill.   CIRCA TABAC 32 [&hellip
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DANCE marY anthony "Mary Anthony Dance Theater," highlights Bertram Ross’ "Nature …

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"Mary Anthony Dance Theater," highlights Bertram Ross’ "Nature Dancing" & "Poems of Arbos" by Arvo Part; Theater of the Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (betw. 120th & 122nd Sts.), 674-8191; Sat. at 3 & 8, mat. Sun. at 2, $15, $10 st./s.c.   BALLET HISPANICO Three new dances by David Roussève, Brazilian dancer Regina Miranda [&hellip
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THEATER In Previews hamlet Andrei Serban directs Shakespeare’s classic, part of Shakespeare Festival …

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hamlet Andrei Serban directs Shakespeare’s classic, part of Shakespeare Festival at Joseph Papp Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. (Astor Pl.), 239-6200; Weds, Fri., Sat. & Tues. at 8, mats. Sat. & Sun. at 2, $45 [opens 12/12].   IF MEMORY SERVES Dark comedy exploits the entertainment industry; Promenade Theater, 2162 B’way (76th St.), 239-6200; Weds.-Sat. [&hellip
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EXHIBITIONS AMERICAN CRAFT MUSEUM 40 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th …

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40 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 956-3535. "The Beaded Universe: Strands of Culture" focuses on "the world’s most ancient & portable art form–beads" [through 1/30].   AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Central Park W. (79th St.), 769-5200. Annual showing of more than 300 tropical butterflies, "The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in [&hellip
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