Sunday, January 23, 2005


Not with a Bang but a Whimper

If there was a towering figure on the American literary scene in the '60's and early '70's, it was Norman Mailer. The author of novels like The Naked and the Dead and An American Dream, as well as (and perhaps more importantly) non-fiction like Advertisements for Myself, The Armies of the Night, and The Executioner's Song dominated American arts and letters as well as the artistic Left like no one since Hemingway. What better person to address the question posed by Parade Magazine: "If you could do one thing to change America for the better, what would it be?" Mailer's answer: ban television commercials.

I guess he couldn't figure out how to work his TiVo.

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