"I think the internet is the greatest waste of time since
masturbation was discovered."
Born: 1924 Birthplace: Long Branch, N.J.
"This notion of the women's movement
that women are good and men are evil is about as useful as Hitlerism or Communism or political correctness or any kind of ideology that is limiting or constricting."
"(Novelists are) a special breed of
human being. Somewhere between psychologists, historians, detectives, students of style and manner — we have a capacity to do things that other
people don't ... we develop over the years to try to see someone as whole."
"Any politician who wins an election
for the first time has a lot of stamina — you owe him the same respect you'd pay a mediocre professional athlete"
"The difference between
writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube."
Books by Norman Mailer:
"I respect most boxers because they're violent people who learned to discipline themselves ... a good boxer is an artist ... Boxing is existential — some fights are better than others."
"People drink to restore their egos."
"I understand one element of
celebrity, which is the unreality of it. At the age of 25 I went from being the kid-next-door ... to being called a major American writer — that's a role you just don't fit at 25 ... I use to feel I was secretary to someone named Norman Mailer, to meet him you had to
meet me first."
"I care about reviews — they affect your wallet in the most direct fashion."
"The last chapter of Marilyn, where I
speculated on the possibility of her being murdered. It was not
"We're all divided souls, we've got two natures in us, You
measure schizophrenia not by the fact that you're divided but how well the divisions speak to one another."
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