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The Spooky Art by Norman Mailer
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Oct 30, 2007

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Pretty good. Mostly enjoyable. I've not yet read any of Mailer's novels (and how odd that I would finish this mere days after his passing!), but I figured a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author would probably have a lot to say about writing. He did, as well as having a few really sharp insights into Life.

Less enjoyable were times went he went off on other tangents, like the chapters on journalism (not very interesting, and rather dated) and film (his thoughts on which are somewhat INSANE). His writing about sex always felt "off" and uncomfortable - in part because he clearly seemed to have some significant unresolved gender issues. Then again, I suppose the shockingly casual reference to "the time I stabbed my second wife" in the middle of one chapter kind of made that plain, eh?

Still, even if I was nearly skimming it near the end of the book, there was a lot of other wisdom to be gleaned throughout.

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