Interview with Mailer

ALL-TIME AMERICAN WRITERS TOURNAMENT

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an interview conducted by tournament analyst Mel Diper

(Background: A protest group calling themselves “Outraged Writers Against” has been protesting the Tournament because of the possible involvement of renowned author Norman Mailer. The group accuses Mailer of being a misogynist, and has said this disqualifies him from public notice. This past weekend, Mel Diper sat down with the controversial figure to ask him about the matter.)
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MEL DIPER:  “Did you once stab your wife.”

NORMAN MAILER:  (Leaning forward in his chair while gesturing with his hands.) “The matter has already been adjudicated. Ancient history– like the ancient Egyptians who I wrote about you know in a novel which was not very well received despite its ambitious heft– nothing to do with my wife, ha! you know. But surely you’re aware I was advised by my attorney not to discuss the matter. My wife, not the novel. Fire away with all other questions, and I’ll try to dodge them like Joe Frazier dodging jabs from Ali. Ali! Ali! Ali! I understand you’re a former sports personage so you know the allusion– writers good writers anyway are full of allusions.”

MEL:  “Uh, yeah. I guess they are.” (Reviews notes.) “But how do you respond to the protesters who don’t want you involved with the All-Time American Writers Tournament?”

NORM:  “It’s all very surprising you know yet at the same time not at all surprising to I, Mailer, when you have understandably these types of ‘womyn’-led kind of interest groups or causes, fragmentations of actual philosophies which are representations of the female need to control what I call the male ego, masculine gritty-in-the-bowels or at least the balls instinct you know our need for self-expression in this shitty kind-of existentialist universe of bowel-led ‘protesters’ without a cause in our causeless phenomenological universe and–”

MEL:  “Thank you Mr. Mailer.”
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(Mel Diper can be emailed at meldiperjr@gmail.com. His twitter handle is @meldiper.)