Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Norman Mailer

I loved Norman Mailer's work from the first book I read. I don't even remember what it was, whether it was considered one of his best or his worst, but it doesn't matter. His misogyny was always obvious and it never mattered to me. The sheer intelligence and perception of the man, his way of offering himself to us, always overtook any thoughts I had about his character. I suspect that I was always more attracted to his vulnerability, so shockingly evident in almost everything he wrote, than to anything else. It just stunned me that he would reveal himself the way he did.

He was a media whore, or perhaps just didn't care what others saw. His personal life took the headlines more than his books. In the end, though, I believe the words will last and we'll know he was one of this country's greatest writers.

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