Musings and observations from T.J. Smith, commenting on the passing parade.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Norman Mailer, a prolific writer and author and denizen of Manhattan died in 2007 at age 84. His sixth wife passed away in 2010 and now his Brooklyn Heights apartment is up for sale. It is said that it is a cross between a Victorian parlor and the cabin of a sailing yacht. Mailer published thirty books - both fiction and non-fiction. Some of his noteworthy achievements were: he debated with Wm. F. Buckley, he sparred with Jose Torres then the light heavyweight boxing champion, he hob-nobbed with John Lennon, Woody Allen and Bob Dylan but his most outrageous show of hubris was running for Mayor of New York in 1969 with writer Jimmy Breslin on the ticket with him - here were two writers trying to tame the bustling metropolis of Manhattan during the raucous sixties. It is said that there are a million stories in the naked city and this guy provided his share. One of his mantras was "One must grow or forever pay the price of remaining the same." After six wives he also said "Alimony is the curse of the writing class." Oh, the apartment is priced at 2.5 million minus contents - with a view of the Statue of Liberty.
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