Incidental Acts of Spontaneous Cerebral Violence

Monday, January 31, 2005

It might be wise to avoid any presents wrapped completely in white

Happy 82nd, Norman Mailer.

Mailer on A Man in Full:
"At certain points, reading the work can even be said to resemble the act of making love to a three-hundred-pound woman. Once she gets on top, it's over. Fall in love, or be asphyxiated."
And my hometown:
"New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington blink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities."
Whether expressed through admiration or revulsion, we must concede his importance as the final link to a bygone age and style.

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