2008

On 9 April, a memorial service, “The Time of His Time: A Celebration of the Life of Norman Mailer,” is held at Carnegie Hall, with Charlie Rose as the master of ceremonies. All of Mailer’s children, his sister, nephew, and many friends and relatives speak at the event.

On 30 June, Blue Night: Photographs by George Hirose, is published by Provincetown Arts Press. It contains fifty-two photographs of Provincetown shot at night with long exposures, and Mailer’s introduction, which is one of the last things he writes before his death.

On 6 October, “In the Ring: Grappling with the Twentieth Century” is published in New Yorker. It consists of thirty-eight letters from Mailer to various correspondents from 1945-1988. Eighteen of the letters are later collected in Selected Letters of Norman Mailer.

In November, the 2008 double issue of the Mailer Review appears. It contains the statements made by 25 individuals, members of Mailer’s family and his friends, at the 9 April 2008 memorial program for Mailer at Carnegie Hall, sponsored by Mailer’s publisher, Random House, and produced by Norris Church Mailer, Lawrence Schiller, Carol Schneider, and J. Michael Lennon. Mailer is quoted innumerable times in these eulogies, and in many others collected in this volume.

Mailer's Desk, Provincetown, (2008)

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Mailer Review. The 2008 double issue contains all the statements made by 25 individuals, members of Mailer’s family and his friends, at the 9 April 9, 2008 memorial program for Mailer at Carnegie Hall, “The Time of His Time: A Celebration of the Life of Norman Mailer,” sponsored by Mailer’s publisher, Random House, and produced by Norris Church Mailer, Lawrence Schiller, Carol Schneider, and J. Michael Lennon. Mailer is quoted innumerable times in these eulogies, and in many others collected in this volume.

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08.7

What’s Wrong with America: Five Proposals.” With introductory note by J. Michael Lennon. Mailer Review, 216-18. Written as part of a 1992 Chrysler Corporation project advertising supplement that would extol Chrysler cars and be accompanied by “ideas you don’t want to hear” from a variety of writers. The project was abandoned. One of Mailer’s proposals was to limit advertising. Mailer also called for the elimination of the copper penny, and a law forbidding doctors to be sued for malpractice.

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“The Bodily Function Blues.” Mailer Review, 221-23. Mailer’s lyrics, to be sung to the tune of W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues,” written when a sophomore at Harvard. With Note by J. Michael Lennon. Mailer sang variations of it at family gatherings well into his 80s, delivering it with gusto and exaggerated earthiness in his baritone voice.

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“Author, Auteur: A Conversation with Norman Mailer.” By Michael Chaiken. Mailer Review, 407-20. A discerning interview with Mailer on his films.

08.3

George, Being George. Edited by Nelson W. Aldrich, Jr. New York: Random House, 21 October 2008. An oral biography of George Plimpton, who died in 2003, with recollections from over 200 friends and colleagues, including a number from Mailer. See 77.13.

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Introduction to Blue Night: Photographs. By George Hirose. Provincetown, MA: Provincetown Arts Press. Fifty-two photographs of Provincetown shot at night with long exposures. Mailer’s introduction was one of the last things he wrote before his death.