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Leaving Orbit: Notes From the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean


affirmative action, Elon Musk, helicopter parent, index card, Mars Rover, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, operation paperclip, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman: Challenger O-ring, risk tolerance, sensible shoes, V2 rocket

As a writer I tend to find myself in bookstores or libraries wherever I visit, but it’s unusual to meet a nonwriter who seems to share the same instinct. We find the Space area within the Science section, and as with the Visitor Center gift shop book section, Omar seems to have read every book in the place. He points books out to me, I point books out to him. I show him Norman Mailer’s Of a Fire on the Moon, recently reprinted in a coffee-table version with huge glossy photos. As Omar pages through the book, I try to tell him about Norman Mailer, about how the book came to be written. I tell him that I find Norman Mailer unbearable, but also quite brilliant. I tell him about the things Norman Mailer saw and described that no one else did, like Wernher von Braun’s speech at a Titusville country club the night before the launch of Apollo 11 or the cold drink machine at the Press Site whose malfunction became an extended metaphor for American technology and arrogance.

It’s integral to the experience of watching people soaring into the heavens while we, with pen and paper, are stuck on the ground. I feel it too, and that envy is at the heart of a kinship between Norman Mailer and me that transcends forty-two years, a change in space vehicle, and even gender—a difference not insignificant to Norman Mailer, who once remarked to Orson Welles in a television interview that all women should be kept in cages. But I understand him, I feel him, just the same. I’ve read accounts of the launch of Apollo 11 by each of the three men on board, by the flight director and dozens of other people closely tied to the mission, and I’ve clung to every word; yet it’s Norman Mailer’s wrestling with his own detachment, his own desire to feel something for that gray stick, that stays with me, that makes me feel I’ve been let in on what it was like to be there.

On the morning of July 16, 1969, the morning of the launch of Apollo 11, Norman Mailer woke up in a motel room. He writes that in the predawn darkness, “the night air a wet and lightless forest in the nose, one was finally scared.” He says that waking early to see a spacecraft launch reminds him of waking before dawn to invade a foreign beach, “an awakening in the dark of the sort one will always remember, for such nights live only on a few mornings of one’s life.” “One was scared.” An interesting turn of phrase, isn’t it? Any high school English teacher will tell you this is a grammatical evasion no less than “mistakes were made” (which President Nixon would not utter until three years on). Was Norman Mailer constitutionally incapable of writing the words “I was scared”? Was Norman Mailer unwilling to tell us, without the veil of fiction, of his own terror when, as a young soldier, he woke before dawn, after only fitful sleep, in order to storm the beaches of the Philippines?

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The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, Capote, and the New Journalism Revolution by Marc Weingarten


1960s counterculture, Bonfire of the Vanities, British Empire, citizen journalism, cognitive dissonance, Donner party, East Village, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Haight Ashbury, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Menlo Park, New Journalism, non-fiction novel, Norman Mailer, pre–internet, rent control, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Stewart Brand, upwardly mobile, working poor, yellow journalism

Page 178 “There had been all too many years”: Norman Mailer, The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, The Novel as History (New York: Plume, 1994), 8. “helps you to think better”: Richard Copans and Stan Neumann, Mailer on Mailer, American Masters documentary (New York: Thirteen/WNET, Reciprocal Films, Films d’lci & France 2, 2000). “[L]isten, Lyndon Johnson”: Norman Mailer, The Time of Our Time (New York: Modern Library, 1999), 551. “He knew that by telling everyone”: Manso, Mailer, 408. “Three cheers, lads”: Ibid. “A Communist bureaucrat”: Mailer, The Time of Our Time, 553. “under the yoke”: Ibid., 540. “hit the longest ball in American letters”: Seymour Krim, “Norman Mailer, Get Out of My Head!”New York, April 21, 1969. “Moving from one activity to another”: Paul Carroll, “The Playboy Interview: Norman Mailer,”Playboy, January 1968.

The idea had germinated at an after-hours story meeting: Manso, Mailer, 498. why Mailer was on the top of the ticket: Jimmy Breslin, “I Run to Win,” New York, May 5, 1969. “I wanted to make actions”: Steven Marcus, “Norman Mailer,” Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, 3rd Series (New York: Penguin, 1979), 278. Background of the Mailer-Breslin campaign: Manso, Mailer; Peter Manso, ed., Running Against the Machine: The Mailer-Breslin Campaign (Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1969). Page 210 “[T]he condition of the city of New York at this time”: Breslin, “I Run to Win.” “I’d piss on it”: Jimmy Breslin, I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me (Boston: Little, Brown, 1996), 121. “After Norman Mailer and I finished”: Jimmy Breslin, “And Furthermore, I Promise,”New York, June 16, 1969. “A wistful Republican malaise”: Julie Baumgold, “Going Private: Life in the Clean Machine,” New York, January 6, 1969.

Witness Time’s and Newsweek’s clumsy mishandling of the hippie movement, or the embarrassing countercultural appropriations of broadcast journalism (Dan Rather reporting from Vietnam in a Nehru jacket, to name just one egregious example). Within a seven-year period, a group of writers emerged, seemingly out of nowhere—Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Gay Talese, Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion, John Sack, Michael Herr—to impose some order on all of this American mayhem, each in his or her own distinctive manner (a few old hands, like Truman Capote and Norman Mailer, chipped in as well). They came to tell us stories about ourselves in ways that we couldn’t, stories about the way life was being lived in the sixties and seventies and what it all meant. The stakes were high; deep fissures were rending the social fabric, the world was out of order. So they became our master explainers, our town criers, even our moral conscience—the New Journalists. Was it a movement?

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A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman


4chan, Airbnb, Albert Einstein, Apple II, Asperger Syndrome, Bonfire of the Vanities,, game design, Google Chrome, Howard Zinn, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, Kickstarter, Norman Mailer, out of africa, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, the scientific method, Tim Cook: Apple

I told him that the point of the book is to inspire other people to see the simple power of curiosity to make their own lives better. Koons’s face lit up. “I understand,” he said. “I love that.” And the drawing he did for the cover captures what we were talking about—a seemingly simple line drawing of a face that conveys exactly the joy, openheartedness, and excitement that being curious brings. Writer Puts Producer in a Headlock Perhaps the greatest boxing writer in modern America was Norman Mailer. He was a great writer about many things—Mailer won the National Book Award and two Pulitzers—and also a huge force in America’s cultural landscape starting in the 1950s, when he cofounded The Village Voice. When we started working on Cinderella Man, the boxing movie that we ultimately got to show to President Bush at the White House, I decided it would be fun and valuable to talk to Mailer about the boxer Jim Braddock and the role of boxing in Depression-era America.

We complained to each other about our relationships. Even at eighty-one, Mailer was a tough guy. He was short, and thick, and very strong. He had a big, tough face. And he had a very interesting voice. He enunciated every word. Every word had drama to it. You leaned into his voice. It was about three in the afternoon, but Mailer ordered a drink. I remember thinking it was a little early to start drinking—but probably not in the world Norman Mailer lived and wrote in. He was a bridge to the era of Hemingway. He had something you’d expect from a guy like Mailer—something old-fashioned, like a sidecar. A whiskey drink. Mailer liked the idea of a movie about Jim Braddock. He was crabby—he was crabby about most things that afternoon. But he liked the idea of the movie. He was kind of funny. We took some pictures—he was willing to take pictures with me, but he wasn’t warm and fuzzy about it.

He talked about the physiognomy of the boxers, how they study each other’s bodies and faces, looking for the places where the punches will really hurt. He was demonstrating an exchange of punches in a particular fight, and he said, “And then he threw him out of the ring.” I was surprised. I asked, “How’d that go? How did he throw him out of the ring?” He just reached over, said “It went like this,” and then all of a sudden Norman Mailer had me in a headlock. Right in the lobby of the Royalton Hotel. The famous writer put the Hollywood producer in a headlock. I wasn’t quite sure what to do. With his arms wrapped around my head, it was clear how strong he was. It was slightly embarrassing. I didn’t want to struggle. But I also wasn’t quite sure what would happen next. How long would Mailer keep me in the headlock? It lasted long enough to leave a strong impression.

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Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight by David A. Mindell


1960s counterculture, computer age, deskilling, fault tolerance, interchangeable parts, Mars Rover, more computing power than Apollo, Norbert Wiener, Norman Mailer, Silicon Valley, Stewart Brand, telepresence, telerobotics

More realistically, what mix of the three? Early studies based on terrestrial models suggested crew structures in which technical experts would chauffeur a scientist-observer on a lunar expedition. 5 ‘‘Braincase on the tip of a firecracker’’: Apollo Guidance It was a curious ship, a braincase on the tip of a firecracker. . . . Without fire it could not move; without electricity it could not think. —Norman Mailer, Of a Fire on the Moon In this guidance and navigation business, we’re kind of one down in the dramatic art. We have to compete with people who build engines and make lots of smoke and flame . . . in the computer area, we don’t even have any moving parts. We have some small flashing lights . . . and that’s about as dramatic as we get. —Ralph Ragan, Raytheon Company, Apollo Project Operations Manager When John F.

Real landings, with skilled but fallible people flying magnificent but imperfect machines in less than ideal circumstances, would begin to answer these questions. 9 ‘‘Pregnant with alarm’’: Apollo 11 Armstrong, sitting in the commander’s seat . . . is a man who is not only a machine himself in the links of these networks . . . a man somewhat more than a pilot, somewhat more indeed than a superpilot, is in fact a veritable high priest of the forces of society and scientific history concentrated in that mini-cathedral, a general of the forces of technology . . . of the vast multibillion dollar technological bands which belted the very economy of the nation . . . the methods of the hospital mixed with the methods of the football team. —Norman Mailer, Of a Fire on the Moon Apollo 11 was a test flight whose major goal was simply to prove the feasibility of lunar landing with the Apollo system. Most aspects of the flight to the moon had been tried before. Apollo 10 had gone right down to 50,000 feet and then returned home, only a PDI burn remaining between it and the lunar surface. Yet from that point downward everything was new on Apollo 11—accomplished many times before, but only in simulation.

But it did recur. On the ground, engineers scrambled. At the IL, engineers were following the flights in real-time, sitting in an MIT classroom in Cambridge listening to the flight controllers and the LM on a ‘‘squawk box.’’ The 1202 reading told the IL engineers it was an ‘‘executive overload.’’ The computer was falling behind in its tasks; something was stealing processing cycles. (‘‘Executive Overload!’’ Norman Mailer observed. ‘‘What a name! One thinks of seepage on the corporation president’s bathroom floor.’’6) But the engineers were too far away to be of any help. ‘‘I had never seen or heard one [a 1202 alarm] in all of our pre-flight testing,’’ Fred Martin of IL recalled. In Houston, flight controller Steve Bales asked his back room team for some help. There, engineer Jack Garman cleared, stating ‘‘We’re go on that alarm.’’

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On Writing Well (30th Anniversary Edition) by William Zinsser


affirmative action, Alistair Cooke, Donald Trump, feminist movement, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, popular capitalism, telemarketer, Thomas L Friedman

Extending the metaphor of carpentry, it’s first necessary to be able to saw wood neatly and to drive nails. Later you can bevel the edges or add elegant finials, if that’s your taste. But you can never forget that you are practicing a craft that’s based on certain principles. If the nails are weak, your house will collapse. If your verbs are weak and your syntax is rickety, your sentences will fall apart. I’ll admit that certain nonfiction writers, like Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer, have built some remarkable houses. But these are writers who spent years learning their craft, and when at last they raised their fanciful turrets and hanging gardens, to the surprise of all of us who never dreamed of such ornamentation, they knew what they were doing. Nobody becomes Tom Wolfe overnight, not even Tom Wolfe. First, then, learn to hammer the nails, and if what you build is sturdy and serviceable, take satisfaction in its plain strength.

If you find yourself hopelessly mired in a long sentence, it’s probably because you’re trying to make the sentence do more than it can reasonably do—perhaps express two dissimilar thoughts. The quickest way out is to break the long sentence into two short sentences, or even three. There is no minimum length for a sentence that’s acceptable in the eyes of God. Among good writers it is the short sentence that predominates, and don’t tell me about Norman Mailer—he’s a genius. If you want to write long sentences, be a genius. Or at least make sure that the sentence is under control from beginning to end, in syntax and punctuation, so that the reader knows where he is at every step of the winding trail. The Exclamation Point. Don’t use it unless you must to achieve a certain effect. It has a gushy aura, the breathless excitement of a debutante commenting on an event that was exciting only to her: “Daddy says I must have had too much champagne!”

Ninety percent of the magazine was now allotted to nonfiction articles, with just one short story by a three-named author to keep the faithful from feeling abandoned. It was the beginning of a golden era of nonfiction, especially in Life, which ran finely crafted articles every week; in The New Yorker, which elevated the form by originating such landmarks of modern American writing as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood; and in Harper’s, which commissioned such remarkable pieces as Norman Mailer’s Armies of the Night. Nonfiction became the new American literature. Today there’s no area of life—present or past—that isn’t being made accessible to ordinary readers by men and women writing with high seriousness and grace. Add to this literature of fact all the disciplines that were once regarded as academic, like anthropology and economics and social history, that have become the domain of nonfiction writers and of broadly curious readers.

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Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks


1960s counterculture, affirmative action, Community Supported Agriculture, David Brooks, Donald Trump, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, George Gilder, haute couture, haute cuisine, income inequality, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, means of production, Mikhail Gorbachev, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, place-making, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Bork, Silicon Valley, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Thorstein Veblen, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, urban planning, War on Poverty, Yogi Berra

But briefly, and leaving aside the civil rights movement and Vietnam and all the complex and substantive political turmoils of that decade, here are a few of the countercultural straws in the wind: In the realm of public theater, Abbie Hoffman threw dollar bills down on the traders of the New York Stock Exchange. The Diggers, a group of San Francisco performance artists, declared “The Death of Money and the Birth of the Free.” In the literary realm, Norman Mailer explored what it meant to be a hipster. In his collection of essays, Advertisements for Myself, Mailer published, glossy-magazine style, a list of what was hip and what was square, and his list corresponds to the traditional split between the bohemian and the bourgeois. Night, he wrote, is hip, whereas day is square. Crooks are hip, whereas the police are square. The body is hip, whereas the mind is square.

They armed themselves against invasions by journalism, advertising, and the celebrity culture, fighting off the Babbitts and the philistines. “The hostility of the common man toward the intellectual is of all times and places,” wrote Jacques Barzun in The House of Intellect. Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism in American Life was a salvo in the war between mind and matter. The biggest threat to the independent intellectual was money and its temptations. Commerce was the enemy of art. Norman Mailer got into a lot of trouble with his intellectual friends when his novel The Naked and the Dead became a bestseller. Its commercial success was taken as prima facie evidence that there was something wrong with it. And commercial culture didn’t just attack intellect head-on with crass financial offers. It came up disguised in Trojan Horse form as middlebrow culture. It’s hard now to understand the ferocity highbrow intellectuals of the 1950s brought to bear in their assault on the middlebrow.

Next to the writers, poets and essayists of earlier decades, Atlas argued, today’s creative types are a pretty tame bunch. He recalled that the literary giants he admired during his student days at Harvard drank and caroused with abandon. “My gurus were the famously hard-drinking literati of an earlier epoch: a shaky hung-over Robert Lowell chain-smoking mentholated Trues at a seminar table in the Quincy House basement; a drunken Norman Mailer brandishing a bottle of whiskey and baiting the crows in Sanders Theatre; Allen Ginsberg toking up at a Signet Society dinner and chanting his poems to the hypnotic accompaniment of a harmonium. Postwar poetry was a hymn of excess.” These were artists living the bohemian way. Atlas described the booze-filled gatherings of the old literati, the smoky parties, the embarrassing scenes, the bitter feuds, and the ensuing divorces.

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations by Christopher Lasch

cuban missile crisis, delayed gratification, desegregation, feminist movement, full employment, George Santayana, impulse control, Induced demand, invisible hand, Kitchen Debate, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, means of production, Norman Mailer, road to serfdom, Scientific racism, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, theory of mind, Thorstein Veblen, union organizing, upwardly mobile, urban renewal, yellow journalism

Yet the increasing interpenetration of fiction journalism, and au- " , tobiography undeniably indicates that many writers find it more us. The emergence in the sixties of a new literary form, combining cultural criticism, political reportage, and reminiscence, represented an attempt to explore these issues-to illuminate the intersection of personal life and politics, history and private and more difficult to achieve the detachment indispensable to art , experience. Books like Norman Mailer s Armies of the Night, by ' . disposing of the convention of journalistic objectivity, often penetrated more deeply into events than accounts written by al legedly impartial observers. The fiction of the period, in which , keep the reader interested - the writer made no effort to conceal his presence or point of view, demonstrated how the act of writing could become a subject for fiction in its own right.

To the performing self, the only reality is the identity he can construct out of materials furnished by advertising and mass culture, themes of popular film and fiction, and fragments torn from a vast range of cultural traditions, all of them equally contemporaneous to the contemporary mind.* In order to polish and perfect the part he has devised for himself, the new Narcissus gazes at his own reflection, not so much in admiration as in unremitting search of flaws, signs of fatigue, decay. Life becomes a work of art while "the first art work in an artist, in Norman Mailer's pronouncement, "is the shaping of his own personality. The second of these principles has now been adopted not only by those who write "advertise" " " acter with well-structured conflicts centering around forbidden sex, authority, or dependence and independence within a family setting, we see characters filled with uncertainty about what is real. This uncertainty now invades every form of art and crystallizes in aij imagery of the absurd that reenters daily life and encourages a theatrical approach to existence, a kind of absurdist " theater of the self

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Light This Candle: The Life & Times of Alan Shepard--America's First Spaceman by Neal Thompson


Columbine, cuban missile crisis, Donald Trump, Norman Mailer, place-making, Silicon Valley, V2 rocket, William Langewiesche

That hunger for supermen could be seen in the astromania to come: the astronaut dolls, the rock songs (one California surf band called itself the Astronauts), and television shows and novels about astronauts and space. But there was more than just a cold war need for personified symbols of America’s superiority. The nation also sought a new type of male role model. Not the Father Knows Best brand, but the Elvis Presley brand. And the astronauts were perfect specimens of what Norman Mailer called “the white Negro.” In a 1959 essay of the same name, Mailer praised this new kind of male hipster, the guy who knew how to “follow the rebellious imperative of the self” and, instead of “the single mate, the solid family, and the respectable love life,” pursued a life of “Saturday night kicks.” Schirra would later write: “We were seven veteran test pilots but unsophisticated in many ways, not very well prepared for the sudden fame of being America’s first astronauts.

She had already met Dee O’Hara, Deke Slayton, Wernher von Braun, and others. But she was intensely curious about the man who’d led America into space. What traits distinguished him from the others? Shepard greeted her with a warm smile—a smile that made her wary from the start. A petite, chain-smoking, mischievous blonde, Fallaci had a reputation for antagonizing interviewees. She once called Norman Mailer “an apologist for violence” and asked Hugh Hefner if he actually liked women, “beyond the sex, I mean.” As she sat in Shepard’s office, assessing his warm but wary smile, she thought he vaguely resembled a carnivorous plant she once saw in a London botanical garden. He was attractive without being overtly handsome, she thought, but his features were all oversized— protruding lips, large teeth, round eyes that seemed “hungry, and so large.”

Far more than a story of the space race, The Right Stuff was viewed by many as the first book to deeply explore the rich brotherhood of the jet jockey and the only-in-America culture of the celebrity astronaut. Wolfe’s unique voice brought to life an era that no previous writer had managed to capture so fully. Maybe it required distance and perspective, and maybe that’s why previous attempts to scratch deeper than the sanitized Life magazine version of the space race—by such notable writers as Norman Mailer, no less— had failed. But The Right Stuff’s huge success was due in part to its telling of the dark and sexy side of the astronaut story—the less-than-heroic stuff that all other journalists and authors of the 1960s obediently stayed away from, or never got near. Freed from the limits of being an obligatory hagiographer, Wolfe let loose with sensual references to “young juicy girls with stand-up jugs and full-sprung thighs” lurking around the astronauts.

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Learn Descriptive Cataloging Second North American Edition by Mary Mortimer


California gold rush, clean water, corporate governance, deskilling, illegal immigration, Norman Mailer

José María Escrivá de Balaguer (Escrivá de Balaguer is a Spanish compound surname); born 1902, died 1975 - Rule 22.5D1 e. Claudio Vita-Finzi - Rule 22.5C3 f. Josephine Blanche D’Alpuget, born 1944, never uses her first name - Rule 22.1A g. Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey, the Baron Hankey, 1877-1963 - Rule 22.6A h. Philip the Second the King of Spain, born 1527, died 1598 - Rule 22.16A i. Henry Handel Richardson (whose real name was Henrietta) - Rule 22.5C6 j. Carson McCullers, lived 1917 to 1967 k. Norman Mailer l. Tomie de Paola is an American writer of Italian descent 150 LEARN DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGING E XERCISE 12.2 Using an authority file, give the correct form of the following personal names. Indicate any references needed. a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote under the pseudonym Mark Twain; he lived from 1835 to 1910 b. Pedro Henríquez Ureña, born 1884, died 1946 c. Marjorie Kinnan Baskin, 1896-1953, who became Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and wrote all her work under this name d.

Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940 b. Leong, Ka Tai c. Brown, Samuel Raymond, 1918- d. Escrivá de Balaguer, José María, 1902-1975 e. Vita-Finzi, Claudio f. D’Alpuget, Blanche, 1944- g. Hankey, Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey, Baron, 1877-1963 h. Philip II, King of Spain, 1527-1598 i. Richardson, Henry Handel j. McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967 247 248 LEARN DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGING k. Mailer, Norman l. De Paola, Tomie E XERCISE 12.2 a. Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Refer from: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910 b. Henríquez Ureña, Pedro, 1884-1946 Refer from: Ureña, Pedro Henríquez, 1884-1946 c. Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan, 1896-1953 Refer from: Baskin, Marjorie Kinnan, 1896-1953 d. John XXIII, Pope, 1881-1963 Refer from: Roncalli, Angelo Giuseppi, Cardinal, 1881-1963 e. Atwood, Margaret Eleanor, 1939Refer from: Atwood, Margaret, 1939- f.

Lint by Steve Aylett


death of newspapers, Mahatma Gandhi, Norman Mailer, rolodex, Schrödinger's Cat

In reality a delegation of political leaders had proposed to Ingersoll that he would receive the governorship nomination provided he concealed his opinions, to which he replied, “A good man should not agree to keep silent just for the sake of an office. A man owes his best thoughts to his country,” and “Good-bye, gentlemen.” 11. It was later proved that Ferrie trained Oswald in the Civil Air Patrol. 12. Lint’s “clown in the trunk” theory falls down here, as Garrison was too large a man to fit into the trunk of a Plymouth coupe. 13. NormanMailer-earcrack.mpg. 14. See the Zombie Supply Teacher track “Diamondhead Driver” on the Eye in the Belly album, and of course the band Crystal City Martyrs. 15. According to an early Lint fanzine (Belly Hazard), the Omen-like Sadly Disappointed was actually the work of Alan Rouch, Lint writing Rouch’s well-received I Am a Centrifuge in exchange. Rouch is silent on the matter, but Centrifuge does bear many of Lint’s characteristic flourishes, such 03.ch21-bm.lint 3/18/05 4:05 PM Page 205 LINT 205 as the assertion that “if you freeze gruel you have a sculpture of J.

Patton 4, 93–95 Koryagina, Tatyana 60, 170 Kourbelas, Neil 105 KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation Manual 145 Kubrick, Stanley 95 Kutna Hora 184 Laffoley, Paul 197 “Last Beauty” 53 Lenin, Vladimir 29 “Lenny Burns His Bridges and Is Not Bailed Out” 35 “Lenny Turns Violent” 35 “Lenny Will Never Be More Than a Somewhat Gifted Barber” 35 Less, Jane 133 03.ch21-bm.lint 3/18/05 4:05 PM Page 217 LINT “Liberation Belly—an Odyssey into the Belly of the Belly” 34 Lievense, Corney 79 Limbaugh, Rush 108 Lincoln, Abraham 99 Lint: a Collection 126 Lint, Carol 6, 9, 14, 17, 19, 161–162 Lint, Grandpa 7 Lint, Howard 6–7 Lint, Jeff: and alligators 162 and ants 19, 45 and badgers 130 and bats 18 and bears 6, 19, 29, 30, 77, 81 and bees 92 and birds 17, 19, 46, 80, 143, 160 and blowflies 82 and buffalo 181, 191 and bunnies 83 and butterflies 171 and caterpillars 84 and cats 5, 39, 40, 56–61 and cattle 167 and chickens 9, 134, 160 and chimps 25, 92, fn. 3 and cows 10, 178, 181, 182 and crows 80 and crustaceans 63, 126, 143 and dinosaurs 3, 19 and dogs 7, 33, 41, 47, 57, 79, 83, 102, 125 and donkeys 78 and doves 29 and earwigs 66 and eels 11, 17, 44, 158 and elephants 4, 89–90 and fish 21, 61, 160, 181, 197 and fleas 114 and flies 58, 82, 152 and frogs 191 and giraffes 130, 160 and goats 134 and gorillas 19 and grasshoppers 18 and hedgehogs 51, 76, 188 and hens 23, 25, 35–36, 167 and hippos fn. 17 and hyenas 129 and insects 19, 51–53 and kangaroos 8 and leopards 51 and lions 160, 182 and lobsters 24, 41, 51, 175 and mice 135, 146, 138 and midges 150 and millipedes 151 and monkeys 69, 94, 139 and moths 79, 80 and newts 143, 151 and octopi 13, 161 and orangutans 41 and otters 93 and parrots 3, 52–53, 56 and penguins 6 and pigs 41, 83 and platypuses 164 and porpoises 166 and prairie dogs 50 and pythons 141 and rats 142 and sardines 18 and seals 42 and sharks 66, 83, 162, 196 217 03.ch21-bm.lint 218 3/18/05 4:05 PM Page 218 STEVE AYLETT and sheep 68 and slugs 168 and snails 23 and spiders 52, 80, 109, 140, 143, 150 and stick insects 141 and stinkbugs 160 and suction eels 158 and swans 15, 57 and swordfish 9, 181 and tigers 36, 104 and tortoises 124 and turtles 39 and whales 140 and worms 140 Lint’s magic bullet 99–102 Lint wedges 110–111, 148, 170 Lippy the Lion 59 “Lipstick and Shells” 127 Lissitsky, Ordal 28 “Look Out—Bellies” 34 “Look Out—Jellies” fn. 8 Looting of Heaven 8 Los Angeles Free Press 155 Los Angeles Times 25, 138, 167 Lowman, Robin 59 Lumumba, Patrice 102 Madero, Francisco 100 Made-Up Stories 29 Maggoty Stories 29, 30 “Magnificent Stallion Humiliation” 35 Mailer, Norman 107, fn. 13 Maine Catholic Record 25 Make a Wish Piranha 78 Malden, Karl 95 “Mannequin Heart” 58 Man Who Gave Birth to His Arse, The 5, 53, 107, 114, 180, 190, 195–198 “Man with the Stupid Arm, The” 23–24 “Marching Orders: Imposed Authority in the Catty 4” 59 Marginal Yarns 29 Marvel 161 “Mashed Drug Mutants” 126 Mask of Disapproval 45 Mauve Enforcer, The 136 Maximum Tentacles 29 McCarthy, Joe 29 McCollum, Arthur 12 McCurry, Mike 32 McGee, Thomas D’Arcy 99 McKinley, William 99 McLaren, Malcolm 144 Meandering Tales 29 Melody Maker 155 Menard, Pierre 8 Mental Stories 29 Merton, Thomas 142 “Microdestiny” 46 “Middle-distance Hate Decision” 16 Milwaukee Museum 47 “Mister Flabby Cheeks Shouts Trash” 190 Mitrione, Dan 168–169 Monstrous Poet 27, 189 Moorcock, Michael 109 Moorer, Thomas 59 Morgan, Cindy 163 Morrison, Grant 134 Mr.

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The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

3D printing, affirmative action, Airbnb, basic income, Berlin Wall, Bernie Sanders, Branko Milanovic, Bretton Woods, call centre, carried interest, centre right, cognitive dissonance, colonial exploitation, colonial rule, computer age, corporate raider, cuban missile crisis, currency manipulation / currency intervention, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, Doha Development Round, Donald Trump, double entry bookkeeping, Erik Brynjolfsson, European colonialism, everywhere but in the productivity statistics, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, future of work, George Santayana, gig economy, Gini coefficient, global supply chain, illegal immigration, imperial preference, income inequality, informal economy, Internet of things, Jaron Lanier, knowledge economy, liberal capitalism, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Martin Wolf, mass immigration, means of production, Monroe Doctrine, moral panic, more computing power than Apollo, mutually assured destruction, new economy, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, offshore financial centre, one-China policy, Peace of Westphalia, Peter Thiel, Plutocrats, plutocrats, precariat, purchasing power parity, reserve currency, Richard Florida, Robert Gordon, Ronald Reagan, Second Machine Age, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Skype, Snapchat, software is eating the world, South China Sea, Steve Jobs, superstar cities, TaskRabbit, telepresence, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas L Friedman, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, universal basic income, unpaid internship, Washington Consensus, We are the 99%, We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters, white flight, World Values Survey, Yogi Berra

Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban / And the Beatles’ first LP.’ Larkin’s style and imagery were flippant, but he called the decade. More seriously, many in France would date the switchover to the mass student protests that paralysed Paris in 1968. Though somewhat arbitrary, my preferred American moment was the battle between student anti-war protesters and the Chicago police at the 1968 Democratic Convention.2 In Miami and the Siege of Chicago, Norman Mailer described what happens when a party’s base severs from its leadership. Inside the besieged hall, party brokers fixed the nomination of Hubert Humphrey, the unpopular vice-president who backed the Vietnam War. Outside, mayor Richard Daley’s cops beat up the protesting hippies. ‘[The] Democratic Party had here broken in two before the eyes of a nation like Melville’s whale charging right out of the sea,’ wrote Mailer.

., 175 Khan, Sadiq, 49–50 Kissinger, Henry, 14, 162, 166 knowledge economy, 47, 61 Kreider, Tim, 111 Krugman, Paul, 162 Ku Klux Klan, 98, 111 labour markets: and digital revolution, 52–5, 56, 61–8; and disappearing growth, 37; driving jobs, 56–7, 63, 191; gig economy, 62–5; offshoring, 61–2; pressure to postpone retirement, 64; revolution in nature of work, 60–6, 191–3; security industry, 50; status of technical and service jobs, 197–8; and suburban crisis, 46; wage theft, 192; zero hours contracts, 191 Lanier, Jaron, 66, 67 Larkin, Philip, 188 Le Pen, Marine, 15, 102, 108–10 League of Nations, 155 Lee, Spike, 46 Lee Teng-hui, 158 left-wing politics: and automation, 67; decline in salience of class, 89–92, 107, 108–10; elite’s divorce from working classes, 87–8, 89–95, 99, 109, 110, 119; in France, 105–10; Hillaryland in USA, 87–8; and ‘identity liberalism’, 14, 96–8; McGovern–Fraser Commission (1972), 189; move to personal liberation (1960s), 188–9; populist right steals clothes of, 101–3; Third Way, 89–92; urban liberal elites, 47, 49–51, 71, 87–9, 91–5, 110, 204 Lehman Brothers, 30 Li, Eric, 86, 163–4 liberalism, Western: Chinese hostility to, 84–6, 159–60, 162; crisis as real and structural, 15–16; declining belief in ‘meritocracy’, 44–6; declining hegemony of, 14, 21–2, 26–8, 140–1, 200–1; elites as out of touch, 14, 68–71, 73, 87–8, 91–5, 110, 111, 119, 204; and ‘identity liberalism’, 14, 96–8; linear view of history, 10–11; Magna Carta as founding myth of, 9–10; majority-white backlash concept, 12, 14, 96, 102, 104; psychology of dashed expectations, 34–41; scepticism as basis of, 10; and Trump’s victory, 11–12, 28, 79, 81, 111; ‘wrong side of history’ language, 187–8, 190, 191–2; see also democracy, liberal Lilla, Mark, 96, 98 Lincoln, Abraham, 146 Lindbergh, Charles, 117 literacy, mass, 43, 59 Lloyd George, David, 42 Locke, John, 104 London, 46, 47, 48, 49–50, 140 Los Angeles, 50 Machiavelli, Niccolò, 133 Magna Carta, 9–10 Mahbubani, Kishore, 162 Mailer, Norman, Miami and the Siege of Chicago, 189 Mair, Peter, 88, 89, 118 Mann, Thomas, 203 Mao Zedong, 163, 165 Marconi, Guglielmo, 128 Marcos, Ferdinand, 136 Marshall, John, 134 Marshall Plan, 29 Marxism, 10, 11, 51, 68, 106, 110, 162 Mattis, Jim, 150–1 May, Theresa, 100, 152, 153 McAfee, Andrew, 60 McCain, John, 134 McMahon, Vince and Linda, 124, 125 McMaster, H.

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Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith


British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, cuban missile crisis, full employment, game design, Haight Ashbury, Jeff Bezos, Mark Shuttleworth, Mars Rover, Marshall McLuhan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Naomi Klein, Norman Mailer, nuclear winter, pensions crisis, Ronald Reagan, V2 rocket

“And even then, the prospect of one leg landing on a boulder or a slope seemed so very high.” He also admits that when he heard Aldrin tersely announcing the 1202 alarm during the Eagle’s final descent, his one and only thought was, “That’s it. They’re going to crash.” In fact, the more you talk to Reg Turnill, the more extraordinary the whole thing starts to seem. He remembers being detailed to show the interloping Norman Mailer around the launch site as the countdown for Apollo 11 proceeded (“You didn’t care much for him, did you, dear?” notes Reg’s wife, Maggie, as she sets a lunch of trout and new potatoes before us). He also describes 2001author Arthur C. Clarke stopping by his table as the rocket roared through the clouds to gasp that this was the first time he’d cried in twenty years and the first time he’d prayed in forty.

From what I’ve heard and read, trying to describe Armstrong is like driving through a night mist: there are outlines and hints of something solid behind it, but any light you throw at him comes straight back at you, until, in the end, you see just what you imagine you see: the reflected glare of your own expectations. And I wonder what I’ll see – if anything at all? The hard-bitten Reg Turnill saw something arrogant and “taciturn,” and when he’d finished showing Norman Mailer around the Cape, Mailer wrote a book called Of a Fire on the Moon in which he got no nearer to Armstrong than anyone else, but offered some interesting observations of his bearing at press conferences. As per the longings in his soul, the novelist saw something mystical. “He spoke in long pauses, he searched for words,” Mailer said. “When the words came out, their ordinary content made the wait seem excessive … as a speaker he was all but limp – still it did not leave him unremarkable.

Once past the security building off Saturn Lane, a maze of covered corridors is paced by people in jeans and casual shirts. How different it must have been in the days when Buzz Aldrin could speak of these same paths churning with “earnest young engineers, their holstered slide rules slapping against their belts.” Holstered slide rules! But that’s right, this was the new ocean then, the frontier. Quirkily, Norman Mailer found a connection between these people and the hippies when he visited here, because “both had no atmosphere surrounding them … their envelope was gone,” by which he meant that they’d lost their connection to the Earth, had become ethereal and sexless, but it doesn’t sound like that when flight director Gene Kranz talks about what they did. During a flight, he told me, the atmosphere in this place was “basically a controlled fury: these people know that in the next few seconds, they might have to be making a decision which is going to alter history.”

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Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight by Chris Dubbs, Emeline Paat-dahlstrom, Charles D. Walker


Berlin Wall, call centre, desegregation, Donald Trump, Doomsday Book, Elon Musk, high net worth, Iridium satellite, iterative process, Jeff Bezos, Mark Shuttleworth, Mikhail Gorbachev, multiplanetary species, Norman Mailer, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, technoutopianism, V2 rocket, X Prize, young professional

Asimov got things rolling with a lecture about colonizing space by building cities inside hollowed-out asteroids. Asimov had written about an asteroid belt inhabited by pirates in his 1953 juvenile novel, Lucky Starr and the Pirates oftheAsteroids. But now he spoke about mining and colonizing asteroids as though this possibility waited just over the horizon. This was the sort of grand idea that the audience wanted to hear, the sort of bold project that could top a moon landing. Next came Norman Mailer, who had a literary connection to the Apollo program. Life magazine had sent him to chronicle the history-making Apollo zz launch, which resulted in the book Of a Fire on the Moon. He had been impressed by the buttoned-down, corporate efficiency of NASA, but troubled by it as well. He had come to that project looking for romantics and bold adventurers, pioneering the new frontier of space. He found instead immensely competent technicians and self-effacing astronaut heroes; "robots and saints, adventurers and cogs in the wheel" was how he put it in the book.

For space artist Rick Sternbach, the launch was all about visual images and color, "the repeating shockwaves off rocket, the blowtorch yelloworange glow around the vehicle, the smoke and steam streaming away in every direction." He had witnessed the daytime launches of Apollo -Ti and Apollo z3, but this was an altogether different experience. After the launch, the ship's many bars filled with celebration and discussion. Ehricke estimated to a gathered crowd that the brightness of the night launch was about that of five hundred full moons. "Incomparably beautiful," Robert Heinlein termed it. For Norman Mailer, "It was the one time when I wanted instant replay." Eighty-two-year-old novelist Katherine Anne Porter, on assignment to cover the launch for Playboy magazine, never expected to witness anything like it in her life. "I came out of a world so primitive you can scarcely imagine it," she said. "We barely had gaslight in New Orleans when I was a girl. When I saw them take off, I wanted with all my soul to be going with them."

Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age. New York: Pantheon Books, 2004. Lascarides, Effie. Apollo's Legacy: The Hellenic Torch in America at the Dawn of the New Millennium. Brookline NY: Hellenic College Press, 2000. Lindbergh, Charles A. The Spirit ofSt. Louis. New York: Scribner, 1953. Linehan, Dan. SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History. Minneapolis: Zenith Press, 2008. Mailer, Norman. Ofa Fire on the Moon. Boston: Little, Brown, 1970. Maryniak, Gregg. "When Will We See a Golden Age of Space Flight?" In Space: The Free Market Frontier, ed. Edward Hudgins. Washington DC: Cato Institute, 2002. Matson, Wayne R., ed. Cosmonautics: A Colorful History. Washington Dc: Cosmos Books, 1994. Michaud, Michael A. G. Reaching for the High Frontier. New York: Praeger, 1986. Mullane, Mike.

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The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford


airport security, Cass Sunstein, choice architecture, collateralized debt obligation, creative destruction, David Brooks, delayed gratification, dematerialisation, deskilling, digital Maoism, Google Glasses, hive mind, index card, informal economy, Jaron Lanier, large denomination, new economy, new new economy, Norman Mailer, online collectivism, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Richard Thaler, Rodney Brooks, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, the built environment, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, theory of mind, Walter Mischel, winner-take-all economy

“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members,” Emerson wrote in his essay “Self-Reliance.”4 Walt Whitman’s democratic hero “walks at his ease through and out of that custom or precedent or authority that suits him not.” Whitman goes on: “You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead … nor feed on the specters in books.” To live authentically, Norman Mailer would write a century later, one has to “divorce oneself from society, to exist without roots, to set out on that uncharted journey into the rebellious imperatives of the self.”5 In his masterful book The Masterless, Wilfred McClay writes that after the experience of totalitarianism (largely as conveyed by émigré scholars), American intellectuals in the 1950s were alert to any threat against the individual, and found plenty such at home.

The new race is stiff, heady and rebellious; they are fanatics in freedom; they hate tolls, taxes, turnpikes, banks, hierarchies, governors, yea, almost laws.” The last bit of this sketch sounds like today’s Tea Party. Emerson as quoted by Wilfred M. McClay, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), 55. 5. The quotes from Walt Whitman are from Leaves of Grass as quoted by McClay, The Masterless, 61. The quote from Norman Mailer is from “The White Negro,” as quoted by McClay, 271. 6. McClay, The Masterless, 271–72. 7. Michael Polanyi, Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974), 53. 8. Michael Polanyi, The Tacit Dimension (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966), 20. 9. Polanyi, Personal Knowledge, 53. 10. Habit plays an important role. William James wrote, “As we become permanent drunkards by so many separate drinks, so we become … authorities and experts in the practical and scientific spheres, by so many acts and hours of work.”

Lawson, Robbie Leap Frog Learning Table learning by infants by robots see also education Lears, Jackson Leary, Timothy leather, in organ making left wing, dismantling of cultural jigs by liberal arts liberal education liberalism, origins of liberal tradition liberation in 1960s libertarianism Lincoln Financial Group Listening to Prozac (Kramer) local ecology Locke, John epistemology of on freedom on primary vs. secondary qualities rationality formula of locomotion L’Oréal love Luckmann, Thomas machine gambling apparent odds in business model of children’s games vs. death instinct in design intention in duration of Leap Frog Learning Table and libertarians and loyalty clubs for motorcycling compared with pathological in Pennsylvania productivity of regulation of renamed “gaming” speed of as tax on low-income people magic Mailer, Norman Manhattan Project manufactured certainties manufacturing Maoism Maria (gambler) marketplace Márquez, Marc marriage marshmallow test martial arts massification Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Masterless, The (McClay) McClay, Wilfred McCulloch, Warren McDonald’s McDowell, John mechanization, of instruction Mediated (de Zengotita) Meditations on First Philosophy (Descartes) memory attention vs.

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I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay by John Lanchester


asset-backed security, bank run, banking crisis, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Black-Scholes formula, Celtic Tiger, collateralized debt obligation, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, diversified portfolio, double entry bookkeeping, Exxon Valdez, Fall of the Berlin Wall, financial deregulation, financial innovation, fixed income, George Akerlof, greed is good, hindsight bias, housing crisis, Hyman Minsky, intangible asset, interest rate swap, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Meriwether, laissez-faire capitalism, light touch regulation, liquidity trap, Long Term Capital Management, loss aversion, Martin Wolf, money market fund, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, mutually assured destruction, Myron Scholes, negative equity, new economy, Nick Leeson, Norman Mailer, Northern Rock, Own Your Own Home, Ponzi scheme, quantitative easing, reserve currency, Right to Buy, risk-adjusted returns, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, South Sea Bubble, statistical model, The Great Moderation, the payments system, too big to fail, tulip mania, value at risk

It is a category of funny smell which involves an element of the willful, or of wishful thinking; or perhaps just of ignoring what’s in front of your nose. To adopt a metaphor I heard used by the chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, it’s a bit like putting flowers in the hallway as a solution to the problem of dry rot. There are people whose job it is to sniff out funny smells, to think about them and what they mean, and to make plans about them on our behalf. They are the central bankers. There is a passage in Norman Mailer’s novel Harlot’s Ghost in which the narrator rhapsodizes about the CIA being “the mind of America.” Central bankers are a little like that. Their job is to notice everything and think about everything—everything economic—and then to act on it via one tool and one tool only: the interest rate.* This determines, or anyway influences, the level of borrowing, the level of credit, the level of economic activity, the level of inflation, the level of unemployment, the speed of growth, the exchange rate, the whole kaboodle, but it is also a fairly crude tool: it’s as if the central banker were sitting at a desk console with thousands of flashing lights and digital readouts and heads-up visual displays, all pouring in overwhelming quantities of data, and in response to it the banker can move only one lever, in a straight line backward or forward, and preferably only a very little at a time.

., 115–17, 157–58 liabilities, 31–35 in balance sheets, 25–28, 31–34, 37 of banks, 25, 32–35, 37, 41, 204 of individuals, 27–28, 35 leverage and, 35, 41, 60 libel law, 93 life expectancies, 17, 213 liquidity, 212 housing and, 28–29, 90, 96–97 investments and, 60–61 Lloyds TSB, 36, 38–40 loans, lending, 74–76, 108–9 in balance sheets, 27, 30, 34 of banks, 22, 24, 27, 33–36, 41–42, 58–60, 67, 69–70, 74, 83–84, 91–94, 102, 117, 127, 129–30, 143, 146, 165, 187, 216–17, 229 credit and, 209, 216–17 derivatives and, 50–51, 55, 66–75, 80, 121–22 Exxon deal and, 67–68 interest rates and, 59–60, 66, 74, 102, 108, 145, 172–73 paying the bill and, 220–21 predatory, 122, 127–32 risk and, 66–67, 69–72, 74–75, 80, 95, 117, 145, 174 securitization in, 69, 74 see also mortgages London, 53, 84 housing in, 88–90 see also City of London Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM): collapse of, 142, 162, 164–65, 230–31 derivatives and, 54–56, 80 loss aversion, 137 Lovelock, James, 231 Lowenstein, Roger, 161 Macmillan, Harold, 216 Madoff, Bernard, 105, 171, 191–92, 195 Mailer, Norman, 172 Manias, Panics, and Crashes (Kindleberger), 104 manufacturing, 4, 13, 58, 109, 229 and financial vs. industrial interests, 197, 199 Marxist analysis of, 15–16 stocks and, 148–49 market discipline, 183–84 Markopolos, Harry, 192 Markowitz, Harry, 147–49, 158 mark to market, 42, 105–6 Marx, Karl, 15–16 Maryland, housing in, 125–31 Masters, Blythe, 68, 121 mathematics, 5, 231 derivatives and, 47–48, 52–54, 115–17, 166 risk and, 46, 55–56, 74, 133, 136, 146–50, 154, 158, 160–67, 202 of share pricing, 147–48 Meriwether, John, 54 Merrill Lynch, 39, 77, 120, 190, 227 Merton, Robert, 54–55 microeconomics, 137 Minsky, Hyman, 104 Monetary Policy Committee, 178–79 money: assumptions based on primacy of, 202–4 cost of, 102–3 flows of, 7–9, 26 inconceivable amounts of, 8 Money Machine, The (Coggan), 25 Moody’s Investors Service, 62, 70, 114, 119, 208, 210 Morgan, John Pierpont, 20, 64 Morgan Stanley, 40, 64, 227 Morris, Charles, 42 mortgages, 38–40, 83–87, 89–95, 97–102, 110–32 in balance sheets, 27–28 balloon payments on, 100 and buy-to-let properties, 177 conforming, 112, 124 credit ratings and, 123–24, 126 of Cutter family, 126–27 defaults on, 159–60, 163, 165, 229 derivatives and, 38, 57–58, 75–76, 112–22, 132, 157–60, 172, 210–12 discriminatory practices and, 99–101, 127 durations of, 95 endowment, 86–87, 89–90, 146 Iceland’s economic crisis and, 10–11 interest and, 8, 58, 86, 89, 91–92, 95, 100, 102, 108, 110, 112–14, 122, 128, 145–46, 174, 176, 212 “liar,” 126, 132 “no doc,” 132 No Income, No Job or Assets (NINJA), 126 piggyback, 132 predatory lending and, 122, 127–32 regulation and, 99–100, 185 risk and, 145, 158–60, 163–65 sizes of, 92–94 subprime, 38, 75, 83, 100, 113–19, 122–25, 127, 132, 157–59, 165, 202, 210 see also houses, housing, home ownership Nasdaq, 104 nationalization, 24, 39–40, 228–30 New York Times, The, 77, 98, 208 “Night in Tunisia, A,” 45 Nikkei 225, 51–52, 54 9/11 terrorist attacks, 2, 107 Northern Rock, 5, 39, 94, 194, 206 Obama, Barack, 77, 205 regulation and, 188, 190, 223–24 Objectivism, 142–43, 173 oil, 3–4, 107–8, 148–49 “On Default Correlation” (Li), 116 options, 50–52, 151, 174, 184 how they work, 46–47, 50–51 Osaka exchange, 54 Pacioli, Luca, 26 panic of 1893, 64 panic of 1907, 20, 64 Parker, Charlie, 45 Paulos, John Allen, 8 pensions, 76–77, 165, 204 in balance sheets, 27–28, 31 Phillips, Julia, 199 politics, politicians, 5–6, 19–21, 23–25, 81, 118–19, 169–70, 176–78, 217–26, 228–32 AIG bailout and, 76–78 banks and, 25, 33, 43, 182, 186, 195, 202, 207, 211, 217, 228–31 bonds and, 29–30, 61–62, 103, 109, 118, 144, 176–77, 208–9 derivatives and, 57, 183–86 financial industry’s ascent and, 19–20 free-market capitalism and, 14–15, 19, 21, 23–24 housing and, 87–89, 91, 96–101, 177–78 Iceland’s economic crisis and, 9–10, 12, 24, 223 interest rates and, 102–3, 107–8, 172–80, 221 paying the bill and, 219–23 regulation and, 15, 19–21, 24, 169, 180–92, 195, 199, 201, 223–26 risk and, 142–43, 164–66, 174, 184 Ponzi, Charles, 105 Ponzi schemes, 191–92 poor, poverty, 3–4, 13, 21, 82, 179, 196 housing and, 100, 113, 118, 121–23, 126–27, 130–31, 163 pork bellies, 48–49 portfolio insurance, 151–52, 162 “Portfolio Selection” (Markowitz), 147 Posner, Richard A., 120, 174, 182, 193 Powell, Anthony, 62 price, prices, 105–11, 203 and banking-and-credit crisis, 216–18, 220 bonds and, 61, 63, 102–3, 108–10, 144 derivatives and, 38, 46–52, 54, 56, 75, 158–59, 166 of houses, 5, 28–29, 37–38, 61, 71, 86–91, 101, 109–11, 113, 115, 125, 157, 160, 164–66, 173–76, 194, 208 of oil, 3–4, 107–8, 148–49 risk and, 145–50, 158–59, 164–66 of stocks, 102, 105–6, 109–10, 147–51, 158, 174 of toxic assets, 37–38, 42 volatility of, 47–48, 148–50 “Pricing of Options and Corporate Liabilities, The” (Black and Scholes), 45, 47–48, 147 probabilities, 46, 55, 74, 115, 141, 145, 153–55, 160–63 profits, 20, 28, 104–6, 110, 192, 226–28, 230 banks and, 33, 35, 67, 78, 227–28 and benefits of debt, 59–60 derivatives and, 50, 54, 57, 63, 65, 106, 114, 121–22 Enron and, 105–6 regulation and, 204, 226 risk and, 150, 226 Protection of Homeowners in Foreclosure Act, 131 “Quiet Coup, The” (Johnson), 19–20, 185–86 Ragtime (Doctorow), 64 Rand, Ayn, 142–43, 173 Reagan, Ronald, 14, 19–20, 24, 142, 185 recessions, 42, 89, 94, 142, 171, 175, 219 regulation, deregulation, 15, 19–22, 24, 169, 180–202 banking and, 21, 33, 180–91, 194–96, 199–200, 202, 204–5, 208, 211, 223–27 bond ratings and, 208–9 derivatives and, 68, 70, 73, 153, 183–86, 200–201 framework and regime of, 189–92 market discipline and, 183–84 mortgages and, 99–100, 185 proposals for, 223–26 risk and, 143, 153, 164, 187–88, 191, 195, 202, 204–5, 212, 224, 226 in U.K., 21–22, 105n, 180–82, 194–96, 199–201, 218 in U.S., 181, 184–92, 195, 199–200, 223–24, 227 Reykjavík, 10, 12, 170 risk, risks, 49–58, 66–76, 133–36, 141–67, 211–12, 219 AIG and, 75–76 assessment of, 46, 55–56, 74, 133, 135–36, 141–43, 145–67, 187–88, 191, 202, 205, 212, 216, 226 banks and, 19, 34–37, 41, 133, 135–36, 143, 150–54, 156–57, 160, 165–66, 174, 187–88, 191–95, 202, 204–7, 216, 224, 226, 228, 230 bonds and, 61–63, 103, 118, 144, 154, 208 derivatives and, 46–47, 49–52, 54–55, 57–58, 66–75, 78–80, 114–15, 117–22, 151, 153, 158–60, 163, 166–67, 184–85, 205, 212 desirability of, 144, 146, 150, 206–7 diversification and, 146–48 Greenspan and, 142–43, 164–66, 174, 184 hedging of, 49–50, 52, 58, 115, 205 historical data and, 163, 166 housing and, 88, 94–97, 112–13, 125, 129, 145, 158–60, 163–65 investing and, 5, 68, 70, 88, 103, 144, 146–53, 158, 165, 184, 190 leverage and, 35–36 LTCM and, 55–56 overconcentration of, 72–73 regulation and, 143, 153, 164, 187–88, 191, 195, 202, 204–5, 212, 224, 226 securitization and, 69–70, 163, 165 of stairs, 134–35 VAR and, 151–57, 162–63 risk-adjusted return on capital (RAROC), 150–51 Ritholtz, Barry, 219–20 Robinson, Phillip, 128–31 Rogers, Jim, 221 Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), 34–36, 120, 227 bailout of, 32, 40, 204 Russia, 3, 15–16, 18, 53 bond default of, 55–56, 162, 164–65 Salomon Brothers, 63 Sanford, Charles, 150 Santander, 40 savings, 28, 86, 107, 177, 179, 187 savings and loan crisis, 73, 185, 220 Scholes, Myron, 45, 47–48, 54–55, 147 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 195 credit ratings and, 209–10 regulation and, 153, 186, 189–92 securitization, 20, 22, 200 derivatives and, 69–70, 74, 113–14, 117–19, 122, 212 risk and, 69–70, 125, 163, 165, 212, 224 selling, sales, 34, 42, 104, 174, 203 of bonds, 59, 61–63, 144 derivatives and, 46–50, 52, 56, 65, 67–68, 73–74, 120 of equity, 58–59 of houses, 28–29, 71, 89–90 risk and, 151–52, 165, 224 Shiller, Robert, 106, 145n, 194 Simon, David, 83–84 Singapore exchange, 54 Skilling, Jeffrey, 106 small numbers, law of, 137 Sociét Générale, 51, 77 solvency, insolvency, 28–29 of banks, 36–38, 40–43, 64, 74–75, 120 Spain, 15, 40, 177, 214 contracting economy of, 222–23 housing in, 92, 110 special purpose vehicles (SPVs), 70, 120 stairs, deaths caused by, 134–35 Standard & Poor’s (S&P), 62, 114, 151, 209 statistics, 160–62 Stefánsdóttir, Rakel, 9–10, 12 stock market, stocks, 22, 54–55, 61, 76, 80, 101–11, 115, 226 bubbles and implosions in, 3, 42, 103–9, 142, 175–76 derivatives and, 50–52, 54 investing in, 59, 73, 101–7, 111, 146–52, 158, 175, 192 new-economy, 103 1929 crash of, 152, 199, 213 October 1987 crash of, 142, 151–52, 161–62, 164–65 prices of, 102, 105–6, 109–10, 147–51, 158, 174 structured investment vehicles (SIVs), 120 Summa de Arithmetica (Pacioli), 26 Summers, Lawrence, 43, 74, 188 Taleb, Nassim, 53, 155–56 Tax Reform Act of 1986 (TRA), 100 technology, 42, 104, 149, 155, 166 terrorism, 2, 12, 18, 107 Tett, Gillian, 121, 193 Thatcher, Margaret, 199, 217, 222 free-market capitalism and, 14, 21, 24 on housing, 87, 91, 98 regulation and, 21, 195–96 torture, end of ban on, 18 tranching, 117–18, 122 Treasury, British, 181–82 Treasury, U.S., 43, 54, 64, 74, 76–78 AIG bailout and, 76, 78 regulation and, 188–90 Treasury bills (T-bills), 29–30, 62, 103, 118, 144, 208 China’s investment in, 109, 176–77 Trichet, Jean-Claude, 92 Trillion Dollar Meltdown, The (Morris), 42 Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), 37, 189 Turner, Adair, 181 Tversky, Amos, 136–38, 141 UBS, 36, 120 uncertainty, 96 fair value theory and, 147–48 risk and, 55–56, 153, 163 United Kingdom, 9, 11–12, 18, 28–29, 61, 122–24, 134, 139, 194–202, 216–18 banking in, 5, 11, 32–36, 38–40, 51–54, 76–77, 89, 94, 120, 146, 180, 194–96, 199, 202, 204–6, 211–12, 217, 227–28 bill of, 220–22, 224 and City of London, 21–22, 32, 195–97, 200, 217–18 credit ratings and, 123–24, 209 derivatives and, 72, 200–201 financial vs. industrial interests in, 196–99 free-market capitalism in, 14–15, 21, 230 GDP of, 32, 214, 220 Goodwin’s pension and, 76–77 housing in, 38, 87–98, 110, 122, 177–78 interest rates in, 102, 177–80 personal debt in, 221–22 prosperity of, 214, 216 regulation in, 21–22, 105n, 180–82, 194–96, 199–201, 218 United Nations, 4 United States, 17–22, 34, 62–71, 120–31, 134n, 165, 199–201 AIG bailout and, 76–78 banks of, 36–37, 39–40, 43, 63–71, 73, 75, 77–78, 84, 116, 120–21, 127, 150, 152, 163, 183, 185, 190, 195, 204, 211–12, 219–20, 225, 227–28 bill of, 219–20 China’s investment in, 109, 176–77 credit and, 109, 123–24, 195, 208–9, 211 free-market capitalism in, 14–15, 230 housing in, 37, 82–86, 95, 97–101, 109–10, 114–15, 122, 125–31, 157–58, 163 interest rates in, 102, 107–8, 173–77 regulation in, 181, 184–92, 195, 199–200, 223–24, 227 urban desolation in, 81–86 value, values, 42, 74–75, 78–80, 103–4, 179, 181, 217–18, 220, 227 bonds and, 61, 103 derivatives and, 38, 48–49, 185, 201 housing and, 28–29, 71, 90, 92–95, 111, 176 investing and, 60–61, 104, 198 LTCM and, 55–56 notional, 38, 48–49, 80 value at risk (VAR), 151–57, 162–63 Vietnam War, 18, 220 Viniar, David, 163 volatility, 20, 158 risk and, 47–48, 148–50, 161 Volcker, Paul, 20 Waldrow, Mary, 127 Wall Street, 22, 53, 64, 129, 188 Washington Post, The, 18 wealth, 4, 10, 19–21, 64, 204, 206 financial industry’s ascent and, 20–21 in free-market capitalism, 15, 19, 230 housing and, 87, 90, 121 Keynes’s predictions on, 214–15 in West, 218–19 Weatherstone, Dennis, 152 Wells Fargo, 84, 127 Wessex Water, 105n West, 14–18, 43, 213, 231 conflict between Communist bloc and, 16–18 free-market capitalism in, 14–15, 17, 21, 23 wealth in, 218–19 wheat, 49n, 52 When Genius Failed (Lowenstein), 161 Williams, John Burr, 147 Wilson, Lashawn, 130–31 Wire, The, 83–84 World Bank, 58, 65, 69 * GDP, which will be mentioned quite a few times in this story, sounds complicated but isn’t: it’s nothing more than the value of all the goods and services produced in an economy.

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The Pentagon: A History by Steve Vogel


Berlin Wall, City Beautiful movement, cuban missile crisis, East Village, Fall of the Berlin Wall, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, Ronald Reagan, Works Progress Administration

Johnson, Army chief of staff, 1964–1968 David McGiffert, under secretary of the Army, 1966–69 Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Graves Jr., son of Ernest Graves and aide to the secretary of the Army, 1967–68 Captain Phil Entrekin, commander of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment at the Pentagon, 1967 Abbie Hoffman, marcher at the Pentagon, cofounder of Youth International Party (Yippies) Norman Mailer, marcher at the Pentagon, author of The Armies of the Night Bill Ayers, marcher at the Pentagon, later member of Weather Underground Rita Campbell, custodial foreman for Pentagon’s fourth floor cleaning crew The Post-Vietnam Years Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of defense, 1975–77, 2001–2006 Colin Powell, military assistant to secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger, 1983–86; chairman of the Joint Chiefs, 1989–93; secretary of state, 2001–05 John Hamre, Department of Defense comptroller, 1993–97; deputy secretary of defense, 1997–99 Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense, 2001–2005 Pentagon Management David O.

By mid-1967, for the first time, a near-majority of Americans believed the war was a mistake. The targeting of the Pentagon by antiwar demonstrators reflected the sinister image that it had assumed in the minds of many Americans. The building had come to personify the “military-industrial complex” that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had warned of six years earlier. The building’s very size and shape made it the perfect outlet for hostility. Norman Mailer, who would march with the demonstrators and win the Pulitzer Prize for his account of the event, The Armies of the Night, wrote that the protesters “…were going to face the symbol, the embodiment, no, call it the true and high church of the military-industrial complex, the Pentagon, blind five-sided eye of a subtle oppression which had come to America out of the very air of the century…” There had been previous demonstrations at the Pentagon, the most shocking two years earlier, in the twilight of a November evening in 1965.

Army intelligence concluded after the march that there had been “probably fewer than 500 violent demonstrators; however these violent types were backed by from 2,000 to 2,500 ardent sympathizers.” The actions of this hardcore minority would dominate the day and form the lasting impressions of the march. Marching at the front, arms linked, were prominent antiwar demonstrators including Dave Dellinger, Jerry Rubin, Norman Mailer, the poet Robert Lowell, and Benjamin Spock, the beloved pediatrician and author of books on raising babies (an Army report noted with suspicion that he advocated “permissive child rearing”). Great cheers greeted a contingent of veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, who had fought the fascists in Spain and now marched carrying a sign reading “No More Guernicas.” The crowd was mostly young, with sizable contingents of middle-aged and older protesters.

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Panderer to Power by Frederick Sheehan


Asian financial crisis, asset-backed security, bank run, banking crisis, Bretton Woods, British Empire, call centre, central bank independence, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, deindustrialization, diversification, financial deregulation, financial innovation, full employment, inflation targeting, interest rate swap, inventory management, Isaac Newton, John Meriwether, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market bubble, McMansion, Menlo Park, money market fund, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, new economy, Norman Mailer, Northern Rock, oil shock, Paul Samuelson, place-making, Ponzi scheme, price stability, reserve currency, rising living standards, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, savings glut, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South Sea Bubble, supply-chain management, supply-chain management software, The Great Moderation, too big to fail, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, VA Linux, Y2K, Yom Kippur War, zero-sum game

That is the nature of social striving: the chosen are gods and goddesses, the discarded are broken on the wheel of fortune. Greenspan joined “some 60 chums” of Malcolm Forbes on Forbes’s yacht to celebrate the publisher’s birthday. Others who sailed included Happy Rockefeller, Gloria Vanderbilt, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (publisher of the Times), Dina Merrill, and New York City Mayor Ed Koch.8 On another occasion, Greenspan joined Norman Mailer and United Nations delegates from the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Spain to ponder why Carl Bernstein was “wearing a white scarf with his black-tie ensemble at table?”9 Greenspan attended Barbara and Allen Thomas’s annual dessert party: “Among the 65 guests [was]Alan Greenspan, the economist. A chocolate chip cookie freak, Mr. Greenspan was devouring the selection from David’s Cookie Kitchen.”10 The simple introduction is a demonstration of his rise.

In a long Times magazine feature, “Living Well Is Still the Best Revenge,” “the economist Alan Greenspan” is discussed as being among “the very rich, very powerful and very gifted,” even though Barbara Walters was unable to attend this rendezvous at the home of Oscar and Françoise de la Renta. Others mentioned in this tribute to the anointed include Ahmet and Mica Ertegun, French director Louis Malle (escorting Candice Bergen), Norman Mailer, Diana Vreeland, Jerzy Kozinski (author of Being There), and Giovanni Agnelli (who asked Mailer on Greenspan’s arrival if that “was indeed Alan Greenspan ‘the famous economist’”).13 He was even quoted in a cooking column, as a gourmet judge of chocolate desserts.14 The inflation in prices during the 1980s was at least matched by the inflation of words, but it does appear that the economist Alan Greenspan was indeed “famous.”

., 189 Kosinski, Jerzy, 75, 119 Kraft, Joseph, 55, 56 Kravis, Henry, 317, 321, 357 Kroszner, Randall, 334 L LaWare, John, 136 LBOs (see Leveraged buyouts) Leasco, 35, 351 Le Figaro (France), 341 Lehman Brothers, 272, 274, 275, 301, 310, 315, 317, 321, 347n.48, 354 Leland, Hayne, 110 Leland O’Brien Rubinstein Associates (LOR), 110–112 Leuthold, Steve, 150 Leverage: in 2006, 313 in 2007, 303 in housing market, 272–273 and LTCM failure, 185–186 and recovery from 1990s recession, 124–126 Leveraged buyouts (LBOs, leveragedbuyout firms), (see also privateequity firms), 80, 116–117, 317–319 Levitt, Arthur, 223 Lewis, Ken, 333 “Liar’s loans,” 330 Lidsky, Betti, 295 Lidsky, Carlos, 295 Liman, Arthur, 90 Lincoln Savings and Loan Association (Irvine, California), 6–7, 85–93, 100, 165, 274 Lindley, David, 109 Lindner, Carl, 80, 87–90, Lindsey, Lawrence “Larry,” 128–129, 161–162, 166, 238–240, 251–257, 259, 266, 365 warns Greenspan about ’irrational exuberance’, 240 warns Greenspan about consumer debt and longterm social cost, 258 warns Greenspan about actions not matching words, 162 Ling, James Joseph, 35, 351 Ling-Temco-Vought, 35 Liquidity, 116–117, 302, 325, 331, 363 Lockhart, James, 270 LongTerm Capital Management (LTCM), 181–187, 190 Longterm investment, 350–351 LOR (Leland O’Brien Rubinstein Associates), 110–112 LTCM (see LongTerm Capital Management) Los Angeles, California, 36, 117, 291, 319, 320 Los Angeles Times: “L.A. Land blog,” 347 Lucent, 207 Luckman, Charles, 23 M Madrick, Jeff, 59–60 Maestro (Bob Woodward), 171, 236 Mahar, Maggie, 210 Mailer, Norman, 74 Maisel, Sherman, 40 Malle, Louis, 75 Major, John, 323 Mankiw, Greg, 147–148 Manufacturing: 1980s decline in, 78 from 1998 to 2003, 291 from 2000 to 2004, 307–308 in mid-century, 23 overseas plants for, 44 profits from, 2–3 Margin calls, 128 Margin requirements, 104, 105, 161, 175, 219–220, 223, 230 Maricopa, Arizona, 357 Markey, Ed, 223 Martin, Justin, 17, 195–196 Martin, Steve, 353 Martin, William McChesney, Jr., 4, 20–21, 23–24, 26, 27, 32 n.6, 33–34, 39–41, 44, 65, 66, 115, 126, 201, 287, 300, 305, 350, 351, 362 Mayer, Martin, 4, 21, 88, 90 McCabe, Thomas B., 20n.5 McCain, John, 85, 215 McCulley, Paul, 245 McDonough, William, 186, 187, 247 McNamara, Robert, 29, 75 McTeer, Robert, 206, 247 Meany, George, 43–44 Measuring Business Cycles (Arthur Burns), 12 Media, stock market and, 248–249 Meeker, Mary, 233, 244 Mercury Finance Corporation, 165 Meriwether, John, 183, 187 Merrill, Dina, 74 Merrill Lynch, 116, 131, 144, 232–233, 272, 332, 333, 347n.48, 358 Merton, Robert, 183, 187 Mexico, bailout of, 135–136 Meyer, Laurence, 138, 139 Miami, Florida, 89, 295 Michaelcheck, William, 125 Micron Technology, 207 Microsoft Corporation, 177, 207, 216 Middle class, 252–253, 355 Milken, Michael, 7, 80, 81, 86, 87, 89, 90, 117 Miller, G.

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The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig


Albert Einstein, experimental subject, feminist movement, Norman Mailer, placebo effect, Richard Thaler, risk tolerance, Rosa Parks, Upton Sinclair, women in the workforce

What’s more, he said, unless that energy was released, the world would never achieve progressive political or social reform. It would take nothing less than a sexual revolution—a term of Reich’s creation—to create a truly free society. Reich was the prophet of the orgasm. He even devised a special box—the Orgone Energy Accumulator—to help harness orgasmic energy, which he believed circulated in the atmosphere and in the human bloodstream. Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow, William Steig, and many other intellectuals later sat in the box (Albert Einstein considered it but politely declined). Eventually the federal government labeled Reich a fraud, but by then it didn’t matter. He had already inspired a generation of believers who would become central players in the sexual revolution. After Reich came Alfred Kinsey. At first glance, Kinsey did not look like a radical.

This drug trial would be one of the biggest in American history, much bigger than the trial for the birth-control pill. Richardson-Merrell was confident it would win FDA approval and thalidomide would soon be as popular in the United States as it was in Europe. While Sanger and Pincus waited, Hugh Hefner opened the first Playboy Club, a so-called Disneyland for adults, where the famous Bunnies strolled in their electric-blue and kelly-green costumes, each breast looking to Norman Mailer “like the big bullet on the front bumper of a Cadillac,” with little white tails bouncing on the ends of their bottoms. Within two years, the clubs would have three hundred thousand members. In February 1960, while the FDA continued to review the application for Enovid, results of a Gallup poll showed nearly three out of four people believed birth control should be made available to anyone who wanted it.

., 137 Liberace, 126 libido (sexual desire), 4, 5–6, 25, 32, 34, 39, 51, 52–54, 109–10, 172, 179–80, 184–85, 215, 223–24, 296, 317–18 Lieberman, Seymour, 89 life-tables, 253 Lifschitz, Leon, 69 Lippmann, Walter, 34 “little Comstock laws,” 295 lobotomies, 175, 177 Loeb, Jacques, 70–71 logarithms, 78 Lollobrigida, Gina, 188 London, 296 Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 67 Los Angeles, 292–94, 319 Love’s Coming of Age (Carpenter), 33 Lowell, Mass., 174 Lower East Side, 34–35, 53, 63, 150 Loy, Myrna, 197 Loyola University, 109 Lutheran Church, 297 Lysol, 37–38 MacArthur, Douglas, 210 machorras (barren women), 165–66 Mailer, Norman, 16, 294 Maisel, Albert Q., 259, 331n Makepeace, A. W., 9 malaria, 4, 61, 164 Malthus, T. R., 47–48 “Malthusian belts,” 71 mammals, 2, 70, 71, 217 Mantle, Mickey, 145 March of Dimes, 162 Margaret Sanger Research Bureau, 56, 103, 171–72, 279 Marker, Russell, 135–39 Marot, Helen, 45 marriage, 6, 17, 18, 19, 36–37, 42, 43, 105–14, 125, 156, 165–66, 174–75, 185, 186, 187–88, 223, 245, 247, 272–73, 310, 320 Marriage Manual, A (Stone), 272 Marsh, Ngaio, 85 Maryland, University of, 136 masculine characteristics, 191 Masonic Building, 214–15 Massachusetts, 95, 113, 130, 276, 295–96 Massachusetts, University of, Medical School, 322 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 91, 94, 101, 194, 304, 316–17 Masters, William, 12 masturbation, 5, 17, 42, 43, 107, 180 McCarthy, Joseph, 18, 186 McCormick, Katharine Dexter: background of, 91 as birth control advocate, 90, 94–95, 98, 100–101, 140–45, 155, 156, 179–82, 199–200, 229, 235, 236, 258, 260, 280, 293, 304–5, 308, 309, 321–22 birth control pill supported by, 258, 260, 280, 293, 308 in Boston, 190–91, 199–200 correspondence of, 90, 100–101, 149, 158, 192, 199–200, 204, 206, 241, 304–5, 315 death of, 317 diaphragms imported by, 94–95 elitism of, 149, 158–59 as feminist, 93–96, 156, 193–94, 304, 316–17 Geneva chateau of, 90–91, 95 marriage of, 90–93, 95, 175 MIT degree of, 91, 94, 101, 194, 304, 316–17 personality of, 91–93 physical appearance of, 91 Pincus’s relationship with, 90, 140–42, 156–58, 190–91, 199–200, 206, 207, 241, 315 Pincus’s research funded by, 90, 99, 100–101, 140–45, 154, 155–57, 161, 172, 179–80, 189, 190–95, 199–200, 204, 206, 207, 241, 260, 296, 304–5, 309, 312, 315, 317, 321 Planned Parenthood funded by, 95, 98, 99, 193–95, 199 population control supported by, 193–95, 304–5 press coverage of, 95, 96 Puerto Rican trials as viewed by, 158–59, 161 racial views of, 158–59 Riven Rock estate of, 92–93, 96 Rock’s research supported by, 181–82, 193–94, 207, 304 Sanger’s relationship with, 90, 94, 95, 98, 99, 100–101, 140–45, 149, 199–200, 204, 235, 304–5 in Santa Barbara, Calif., 280 wealth of, 90, 95, 96, 97, 140–42, 175, 194, 309, 316–17 as widow, 90, 96, 97, 309 women’s suffrage supported by, 93–94 Worcester Foundation visited by, 99, 140–42, 157–58 McCormick, Mary Virginia, 92 McCormick, Stanley Robert, 90–91, 95, 96 McDougall, William, 53 McKenzie, Mrs.

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Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein


affirmative action, Alistair Cooke, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, cognitive dissonance, cuban missile crisis, delayed gratification, desegregation, East Village, European colonialism, full employment, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, immigration reform, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index card, indoor plumbing, Kitchen Debate, liberal capitalism, Mahatma Gandhi, Marshall McLuhan, Monroe Doctrine, moral panic, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, Own Your Own Home, Paul Samuelson, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price mechanism, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, sexual politics, the medium is the message, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, walking around money, War on Poverty, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog

Thus it was that, at the crack of dawn, with Wallace as witness, inmates at the state mental hospital in Mount Vernon, and the mental ward of Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa, were roused from their beds and shipped to the opposite institution, 140 miles away—a show of resegregating Alabama’s madmen for the delectation of his political base. Wallace wasn’t Dixie’s most effective segregationist. He was just the most theatrical. “If every politician is an actor, only a few are consummately talented,” Norman Mailer once wrote. “Wallace is talented.” Wallace pledged to sign on as Lurleen’s “adviser” at $1 a year: “I’m gonna draw the water, tote in the wood, wind the clock, and put out the cat.” For anyone who dared critique the ruse, he affected disgust at the attack on the honor of Southern womanhood. Lurleen’s candidacy was announced mere days after she underwent surgery for the cancer that would kill her two years later.

Two of the fleeing Panthers, Eldridge Cleaver and eighteen-year-old Bobby Hutton, were pinned down in a basement. Dozens of police fired on the house for thirty-nine straight minutes. Cleaver announced his surrender, tossed out his shotgun, and, so they couldn’t claim a concealed weapon, walked out naked. “Li’l Bobby” was too shy to follow suit. Gagging and retching from the tear gas, dropping his arms for balance after a stumble, he was turned into a block of Swiss cheese. Left-wing writers including Norman Mailer and Susan Sontag released a statement on his martyrdom: “We find little fundamental difference between the assassin’s bullet which killed Dr. King and the police barrage which killed Bobby Hutton two days later…both were attacks aimed at destroying this nation’s black leadership.” Oakland’s police chief saw things differently. His statement said, “This must be done if we are going to have peace in this city.”

Theodore White, who’d worn his Kennedy button on the Nixon train in 1960, would later inscribe a copy of The Making of the President 1968 to the man he called its “hero”: “My previous reporting of Richard Nixon must I know have hurt. If I feel differently now it is not that there is a new Richard Nixon or a new Teddy White but that slowly truths force their way on all of us…. This book tries to describe the campaign of a man with courage and conscience.” Even Norman Mailer called Nixon “less phony.” A Nixon campaign commercial called “Convention”: A brass band, like the brass band that played over the McCarthy delegates standing on their chairs singing peace songs, blares “A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight.” The familiar, old-fashioned convention scenes: standards, balloons, placards, Hubert at the podium, exuberant delegates. The music distorts electronically into a hideous pulse.

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The Education of Millionaires: It's Not What You Think and It's Not Too Late by Michael Ellsberg


affirmative action, Black Swan, Burning Man, corporate governance, creative destruction, financial independence, follow your passion, future of work, hiring and firing, job automation, knowledge worker, Lean Startup, Mark Zuckerberg, means of production, mega-rich, meta analysis, meta-analysis, new economy, Norman Mailer, Peter Thiel, profit motive, race to the bottom, Sand Hill Road, shareholder value, side project, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Ballmer, survivorship bias, telemarketer, Tony Hsieh

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See Meaningful work, creating Institute for Integrative Nutrition Intelligence, practical versus academic Internet marketing guru online presence, building and self-created business and self-education, importance of Investments, bootstrapper’s method IQ, and success IronPort Iteration velocity John Paul Mitchell Systems Johnson, Cameron as college non-graduate success, evolution of Jong, Erica Kaufman, Josh Kawasaki, Guy Keillor, Garrison Kennedy, Dan as college non-graduate direct-response marketing Kerkorkian, Kirk Kern, Frank as college non-graduate direct-response marketing on power of selling success, evolution of Kiyosaki, Robert mentor of on power of selling Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Knowledge workers, digital Marxism Komisar, Randy on safety versus risk La Flamme, Jena Cheng sales coaching as college non-graduate Deida relationship training direct-response marketing, use of success, evolution of Lalla, Annie and Eben Pagan Langan, Chris LaPorte, Danielle, success, evolution of Laugh-O-Gram Leadership definitions of and impact on many as new marketing as skill of success Lean Startup Machine Lerer, Ben Levchin, Max Leve, Brett Lifelong learning Linchpin concept Listening, importance of Loucks, Vernon Louis Marx and Company Luck, and success Lupton, Amber Lynda Limited McDermid, Hitch Mailer, Norman Maister, David Making a difference. See Meaningful work, creating Manhattan Project Marc Ecko Enterprises Marketing advice, giving to mentors brand marketing business, creating and Eben Pagan essence of high integrity, newsletters on leadership as learning about, value of as skill of success third tribe marketing traditional, ineffectiveness of See also Direct-response marketing Marmer, Max, success, evolution of Marx, David Marx, Karl Marx, Louis, success, evolution of Marxism, digital Mason, Nick, success, evolution of Meaningful work, creating Art of Earning a Living and entrepreneurship and experimentation failure, learning from and financial stability and impact on many opportunities in workplace, seeking “options open” myth versus predictable life and risk success, case examples Mendelson, Sandi Mentors attracting becoming trusted advisor to finding with connection capital giving feedback to importance of success, case examples Millennials Mitchell, Paul Montoya, Peter, on branding Moritz, Mark Moskovitz, Dustin as college non-graduate success, evolution of Mullenweg, Matt, success, evolution of Munna, Cathryn Munna, Cortney, education debt of Murray, Charles Mycoskie, Blake Needs, versus requests Negroni, Christine Networking with connection capital to find teachers.

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The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin


affirmative action, call centre, cognitive dissonance, David Brooks, delayed gratification, edge city, facts on the ground, financial independence, hiring and firing, housing crisis, income inequality, informal economy, job satisfaction, low skilled workers, manufacturing employment, meta analysis, meta-analysis, new economy, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, Northern Rock, postindustrial economy, purchasing power parity, Results Only Work Environment, Silicon Valley, Steven Pinker, union organizing, upwardly mobile, white picket fence, women in the workforce, young professional

“Prostitutes don’t sell their bodies, they rent their bodies,” feminist activist Flo Kennedy wrote in Color Me Flo, a quote that got reprinted in Ms. magazine. “Housewives sell their bodies when they get married.” In a 1971 forum captured in the documentary Town Bloody Hall, Germaine Greer and her feminist acolytes mocked a culture that believed a woman should “get an orgasm from a shiny floor.” The forum ended with three women falling all over one another and making out onstage. This might have been an act designed to annoy and titillate Norman Mailer, who was also onstage, or it might have been a genuine gay rights moment. Either way, the message was that conventional bourgeois marriage was for the dogs. America’s divorce rate began going up in the late 1960s and then took a steep climb during the seventies and early eighties, as virtually every state adopted no-fault divorce laws. The rate peaked at 5.3 divorces per thousand people in 1981.

See Lawyers Lewis, Michael, 202, 218–19 Lewis, Sinclair, 120–21 Li, Tianle, 172 Liberated Man, The (Farrell), 69 Liberia, 259 Lightdale, Jenifer, 186 Lonely Crowd, The (Riesman), 64 Longitudinal Survey of Young Women, 153 Los Angeles Times, 218 Louisville College of Pharmacy for Women, 129 Maasai, 188 Macho culture, 4, 55, 57, 69, 87, 160, 236, 259 female aggression and, 181 in workplace, accidents due to, 268 Madame Bovary (Flaubert), 118 Mad Men (television show), 197, 206, 234 Mailer, Norman, 66 Males, Mike, 19–20, 183 Manson, Charles, 178 Manufacturing, 108, 110, 262, 282n decline of, impact on men of, 2–4, 81, 85 jobs for African-Americans in, 88 pharmaceutical, 130, 155 steel, 155 Marriage, 18, 23, 40, 92, 96, 98, 142, 237, 254 age for, 25, 238 in Asia, 6, 238–39, 256–57 attitudes toward, 32, 36, 101 births outside, 93, 96 commuting, 122 ending, 94–95 declining rates of, 81–82, 87, 91, 94 delaying, 151, 154, 220, 237–38 expectations about, 7, 95 “seesaw,” 7, 47–77, 265 sexuality and, 20 See also Divorce Maryland, University of, 200 Masculinity, 63, 266–69 ornamental, 9 post-feminist, 73 Massachusetts, 92 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 86, 87, 125, 201 Mass Career Customization, 141 Masturbation, 41, 52 Max, Tucker, 28 Mayer, Marissa, 193–94, 196–97, 229 McDonald’s, 179 McDowell County (West Virginia), 87 McGowen, Meghan, 108 McKinsey & Company, 229, 246, 248, 251 Median income, 87, 107, 125, 155 Medical professions, 140.

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Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations by Nicholas Carr


Air France Flight 447, Airbnb, Airbus A320, AltaVista, Amazon Mechanical Turk, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, Bernie Sanders, book scanning, Brewster Kahle, Buckminster Fuller, Burning Man, Captain Sullenberger Hudson, centralized clearinghouse, cloud computing, cognitive bias, collaborative consumption, computer age, corporate governance, crowdsourcing, Danny Hillis, deskilling, digital map, Donald Trump, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Elon Musk, factory automation, failed state, feminist movement, Frederick Winslow Taylor, friendly fire, game design, global village, Google bus, Google Glasses, Google X / Alphabet X, Googley, hive mind, impulse control, indoor plumbing, interchangeable parts, Internet Archive, invention of movable type, invention of the steam engine, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, job automation, Kevin Kelly, lifelogging, low skilled workers, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, means of production, Menlo Park, mental accounting, natural language processing, Network effects, new economy, Nicholas Carr, Norman Mailer, off grid, oil shale / tar sands, Peter Thiel, Plutocrats, plutocrats, profit motive, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, Republic of Letters, robot derives from the Czech word robota Czech, meaning slave, Ronald Reagan, self-driving car, SETI@home, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Singularitarianism, Snapchat, social graph, social web, speech recognition, Startup school, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, technoutopianism, the medium is the message, theory of mind, Turing test, Whole Earth Catalog, Y Combinator

Although we don’t yet understand the possible “disadvantages of being constantly ‘wired,’ ” we have nevertheless “become dependent” on our gadgets. “We must remain plugged in to know what Google knows.” But as memory shifts from the individual mind to the machine’s shared database, what happens to that unique “cohesion” that gives rise to personal knowledge, selfhood’s core? THE MEDIUM IS McLUHAN July 18, 2011 ONE OF MY FAVORITE YouTube videos is a clip from a 1968 Canadian TV show featuring a debate between Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan. The two men, both icons of the sixties, could hardly be more different. Leaning forward in his chair, Mailer is pugnacious, animated, engaged. McLuhan, abstracted and smiling wanly, seems to be on autopilot. He speaks in canned riddles. “The planet is no longer nature,” he announces, to Mailer’s uncomprehending stare; “it’s now the content of an art work.” Watching McLuhan (who would have turned one hundred this week), you can’t quite decide whether he was a genius or just had a screw loose.

., 306–7 lightbulbs, 183 lighting, advancements in, 229–30 Lim, Kevin, 26 Lindbergh, Charles, 306 Linden, Robin, 26 Linden Lab, 26 LinkedIn, xvi, 166, 186, 122 “Literary Allusion in the Age of Google” (Kirsch), 86 literature, allusion and, 86–89 Literature and the Brain (Holland), 251 “Little Gidding” (Eliot), 144 Liu, Jenny, 98 long-playing (LP) record albums, 41–44, 121 Lord, Albert, 103 Lorraine, Claude, 131 Losse, Kate, 178 Louth, Andrew, 253 love, 225 unified theory of, 210, 213 Lowrey, Annie, 174 Ludd, Ned, 77, 178 Luddites, 76–78, 106, 202, 241, 312 Lynch, David, 108 Macfarlane, Robert, 201–2 machine intelligence, 136–37 language of, 214–15 Machine in the Garden, The (L. Marx), 131 machine zone, addiction to, 218–19 Macrowikinomics (Tapscott and Williams), 84 magazines, online vs. printed, 288–89, 291 Mailer, Norman, 102 mainstream media, blogging vs., 7–8 Malick, Terrence, 155 “Man-Computer Symbiosis” (Licklider), 306–7 Manjoo, Farhad, 195 Mann, Horace, 12 Man of the Year, “you” as, 28–29 Man Who Could Fly, The (film), 341 maps, digital, 56–57 Mar, Raymond, 250 Marcus, Gary, 333 marketing: for Facebook Home, 156–59 through social media, 53–54 on YouTube, 108–9 Marr, David, 212 Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!

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The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer


back-to-the-land, Norman Mailer, the market place

Copyright © 1948, renewed in 1976, by Norman Mailer. Introduction copyright © 1998 by Norman Mailer. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address Picador, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010. Picador® is a U.S. registered trademark and is used by Henry Holt and Company under license from Pan Books Limited. For information on Picador Reading Group Guides, as well as ordering, please contact the Trade Marketing department at St. Martin’s Press. Phone: 1-800-221-7945 extension 763 Fax: 212-677-7456 E-mail: Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Mailer, Norman The naked and the dead / Norman Mailer.—50th anniversary ed.

That fine edge in Tolstoy, the knowledge that compassion is valueless without severity (for otherwise it cannot defend itself against sentimentality), gave The Naked and the Dead whatever enduring virtue it may possess and catapulted the amateur who wrote it into the grim ranks of those successful literary men and women who are obliged to become professional in order to survive—no easy demand, for it would insist that one must be able to do a good day’s work on a bad day, and indeed that is a badge of honor decent professionals are entitled to wear. So, I am still fond of The Naked and the Dead. It has virtues, it has faults, but it also has a redeeming, even stimulating touch of Tolstoyan compassion, and thereby enables me to feel hope for all of us when very occasionally I go back and read a few pages. Allow me then to suppose that there is a good deal of hope to be found if one reads all of its pages. Norman Mailer PART ONE Wave 1 NOBODY COULD sleep. When morning came, assault craft would be lowered and a first wave of troops would ride through the surf and charge ashore on the beach at Anopopei. All over the ship, all through the convoy, there was a knowledge that in a few hours some of them were going to be dead. * * * A soldier lies flat on his bunk, closes his eyes, and remains wide-awake.

Phone: 1-800-221-7945 extension 763 Fax: 212-677-7456 E-mail: Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Mailer, Norman The naked and the dead / Norman Mailer.—50th anniversary ed. p. cm. ISBN 0-312-26505-0 I. Title. PS3525.A4152N34 1998 813'.54—dc21 98-6700 CIP First published in hardcover in 1948 by Rinehart and Company The Fiftieth Anniversary Edition first published in 1998 by Owl Books, Henry Holt and Company, Inc. eISBN 9781466854888 First eBook edition: September 2013

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron


Norman Mailer, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live

I am not proud of this, but I mention it because it explains why I honestly cannot remember anything about the protest, including whether I ever even got to the Pentagon. I don’t think I did. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the Pentagon. But I wouldn’t bet a nickel on it one way or the other. Norman Mailer wrote an entire book about this march, called The Armies of the Night. It was 288 pages long. It won the Pulitzer Prize. And I can barely write two paragraphs about it. If you knew Norman Mailer and me and were asked to guess which of us cared more about sex, you would, of course, pick Norman Mailer. How wrong you would be. Here are some people I met that I remember nothing about: Justice Hugo Black Ethel Merman Jimmy Stewart Alger Hiss Senator Hubert Humphrey Cary Grant Benny Goodman Peter Ustinov Harry Kurnitz George Abbott Dorothy Parker I went to the Bobby Riggs–Billie Jean King tennis match and couldn’t really see anything from where I was sitting.

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Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder, Richard Todd


Atul Gawande, demand response, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, moral hazard, Norman Mailer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, Yogi Berra

Sometimes the “I” is really out there on the page, self-dramatizing, very present indeed. Sometimes it is the “I” of personal participation in great events or dire social conditions: Mark Twain learning his way around the mining camps of the West, in Roughing It. More recently, it’s David Foster Wallace having adventures on a cruise ship or Barbara Ehrenreich describing her taste of life as a minimum-wage worker. Then there is the interesting case of the late Norman Mailer. He said that his book Armies of the Night, originally begun as a magazine article for Harper’s, was “history as novel” and “novel as history.” It seems like neither. It looks a lot like reportage, reportage that transforms the first person into the third. This is the book in which Mailer becomes “Mailer,” a character covering and participating in the March on the Pentagon in 1967. At moments, his deployment of the third-person-first-person feels like a prison break.

What is true in macrocosm is true in microcosm. At the level of moment-by-moment rendering of the past, the factual becomes all the more problematic. One can see the problem enacted, in a brilliant form, in Frank Conroy’s memoir, Stop-Time, a modern landmark in the genre. When the book appeared, in 1967, it became the literary equivalent of breaking news. The original dust jacket bore just two blurbs—one from William Styron and one from Norman Mailer, two of the most respected American novelists of the day. Stop-Time is an account of growing up rich and poor. (Conroy’s mother was divorced from her well-off husband and took up with a drifter.) It was far from the first memoir about childhood, but it had a freshness and immediacy that made it seem like something new. The book served as a rebuke to the conventional sentiment that a writer ought to have achieved something in the world before presuming to write a memoir.

And the act of creativity is itself a gift, which can’t be aimed at making money but must be freely given. Hyde’s sanctification of the writer’s role can cause discomfort, especially to a writer with some experience in journalism. The newsroom and the magazine office both offer quick lessons in avoiding preciousness. Journalists aren’t likely to talk about “art” and “creativity.” If they dare to boast at all, they’re apt to talk about being “pros.” Norman Mailer defined a pro as someone who can work on a bad day. He was an artist who loved the sense of himself as a pro. The motto on the pro’s coat of arms would be the timeless wisdom of Dr. Johnson: “No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.” A pro makes deadlines, and a pro makes compromises, too. A pro lives in real time in the real world and secretly relishes the constraints of the job.

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An Abbreviated Life: A Memoir by Ariel Leve


Norman Mailer, rolodex, sensible shoes

And then when I was old enough to care, I didn’t. “I want a mommy-mommy.” I would say. “Someone who cuts the crusts of my bread.” She would laugh at the banality of this. And remind me how fortunate I was to have her, an artist, as my mother. WHEN NORMAN MAILER ran for mayor of New York in 1969, my mother hosted a fund-raiser for him at the apartment. I was a baby and my father, recalling this evening, said, “It probably raised fifty dollars. But that wasn’t the point.” Growing up, my mother frequently encouraged me to tell people Norman Mailer was my “godfather.” I was reluctant to reveal this because it didn’t feel real. I had met Mailer once or twice, and he was cordial to me. We didn’t have an intimate connection, and telling people that he was my godfather felt unnatural and weird. Later, when I was working at the Sunday Times, Mailer had written a piece for the magazine, and when my editor mentioned to him that I worked there and asked about his being my godfather, he confessed that he had been “dragooned” into it.

When my editor told me this, I felt I had been implicated in a version of my life that didn’t belong to me. ONLY IT DID. Because my mother would use her connections to help me, whether I wanted this help or not. She persuaded Mailer to write a college recommendation letter. I have no memory of the letter, no copy of it, and how much influence it wielded is unknown. “If it weren’t for me asking Norman Mailer to write your recommendation letter, you would never had gotten into college,” she said. I owed her. Although if I had said, “I want to go to college in Spain and be on my own,” I knew she would not have solicited a recommendation for that. I OFTEN WENT to Elaine’s with my mother and witnessed her in action. One night she approached a table in the front of the restaurant where a Famous Writer with White Hair (was it Joseph Heller?)

America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism by Anatol Lieven

British Empire, centre right, cognitive dissonance, colonial rule, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, European colonialism, failed state, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, full employment, Gunnar Myrdal, illegal immigration, income inequality, laissez-faire capitalism, mass immigration, Mikhail Gorbachev, millennium bug, mittelstand, Monroe Doctrine, moral hazard, moral panic, new economy, Norman Mailer, oil shock, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Bork, Ronald Reagan, Thomas L Friedman, World Values Survey, Y2K

At the same time, he agrees with Laqueur as saying of the Zionists that in seeking to establish a state, "Their sin was that they behaved like other peoples. Nation states have never come into existence peacefully and without injustices."87 Yet these writers did not follow up with the obvious corollary, which is that the Palestinians too "behaved like other peoples" in fighting to hold on to their ancestral land where they were a large majority. Even Norman Mailer, while strongly criticizing current Israeli policies, has suggested that the Palestinians are at fault for not having welcomed Jewish refugees in the 1940s. Instead, self-described liberals like Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University, have explicitly used arguments of collective Arab and Palestinian guilt as a justification. This is not only false historically but is also incompatible with contemporary liberal values, and feeds into American chauvinism toward Muslims and Arabs.

., 14-15, 76, 78, 84, 175, 191-92, 198; criticism of, 30, 155 Lieber, Francis, 83 Likud, 152, 177, 182-83 Limbaugh, Rush, 30, 121 Lincoln, Abraham, 42 Lind, Michael, 19, 62, 67, 68 Lindsay, Vachel, 88 Lindsey, Hal, 144,145, 147, 182 Lipset, Seymour Martin, 118, 126,204 London Financial Times, 16, 31 Lott, Trent, 43, 121, 166 Lustick, Ian, 181 McCain, John, 122 McCarthyism, 133-34, 135, 138 McClure's (magazine), 131 McFaul, Michael, 77-78 McNeill, William H., 58, 59 McVeigh, Timothy, 118 McWhiney, Grady, 101, 136 Maher, Bill, 24 Mailer, Norman, 195 Manfield, Stephen, 129 Mann, Thomas, 19, 24 Marshall, George, 156 Marshall, John, 97 Marty, Martin, 192 martyrdom and nationalism, 192-93. See also antiSemitism Marx, Karl, 10, 147 Maurras, Charles, 92 Mead, Walter Russell, 11, 3738, 44, 95, 120, 160 media, 21,29-30, 31-32, 44, 73 Meir, Golda, 197 Melville, Herman, 33, 56 messianism, U.S., 14, 18, 56, 63-71, 72, 75; and academia, 65-66; consequences of, 81-83; by example, 64, 75-76; foundation for, 52-53, 6670 middle classes, 9, 55, 219, 220-21 Middle East, 73, 74, 75; compared to Europe, 21112; dangers of involvement in, 190,218-19; rhetoric of democratizing, 208-10, 213, 214, 215; U.S. agenda/policies in, 82, 176-79, 189-90.

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The Atlantic and Its Enemies: A History of the Cold War by Norman Stone


affirmative action, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, bank run, banking crisis, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Bonfire of the Vanities, Bretton Woods, British Empire, central bank independence, Deng Xiaoping, desegregation, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, European colonialism, facts on the ground, Fall of the Berlin Wall, financial deregulation, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Frederick Winslow Taylor, full employment, Gunnar Myrdal, Henry Ford's grandson gave labor union leader Walter Reuther a tour of the company’s new, automated factory…, illegal immigration, income per capita, interchangeable parts, Jane Jacobs, Joseph Schumpeter, labour mobility, land reform, long peace, mass immigration, means of production, Mikhail Gorbachev, new economy, Norman Mailer, North Sea oil, oil shock, Paul Samuelson, Ponzi scheme, popular capitalism, price mechanism, price stability, RAND corporation, rent-seeking, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, special drawing rights, Steve Jobs, strikebreaker, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, trade liberalization, trickle-down economics, V2 rocket, War on Poverty, Washington Consensus, Yom Kippur War, éminence grise

A visiting English grandee, Harold Nicolson, had gone on a coast-to-coast lecture tour in the USA to rescue his finances, had addressed Midwest ladies in cherried hats as to how the two democracies stood shoulder to shoulder facing the foe to the east, had taken yet another train to yet more ladies offering tea and cookies, and had gone back to London and told his friends that it had been ‘like a month at a servants’ ball’. The New York intelligentsia in their way agreed. They had not much cared for Eisenhower, who played the golfing Republican buffoon; and Norman Mailer set the tone for many writers to come when he dismissed the fifties as ‘the worst decade in the history of mankind’. Most writers really respond to conditions a generation before, did not feel at home in mass prosperity, and made fools of themselves when they pronounced on politics. But pronounce they did, and the sniggering or resentment of the intelligentsia had effect. Kennedy appeared. He was less well-read and was certainly less musical than Truman (who was a good pianist) or even Eisenhower, but the image was far better: he could pretend, and perhaps even believe in the pretence.

All of this had military overtones, to do with German rearmament, and Eisenhower himself had had considerable, often very unpleasant, experience of what that might mean. In fact the old general was now quite seriously minded to enter history as the man who had done most to stop nuclear destruction. True, Eisenhower played the golfing old buffer, and his wife was plain cooking. But he saw well enough what was going on, and produced a line, ‘the military-industrial complex’, that summed up the realities of warfare and militarized economics better than ever Norman Mailer did. Might he not decide that Berlin was not worth a fight? Oddly enough, it was the French who were most firmly in favour of defending Germany, their new associate in Europe. To exploit the differences, in May 1959 Khrushchev agreed to drop his ultimatum in return for a general conference at Geneva, scene of the earlier and quite satisfactory conference that had settled the French war in Indo-China.

Lunacharsky, Anatoly Luns, Joseph Luther, Martin Lutheran Church: East Germany Hungary Slovakia Sweden Luttwak, Edward Turbo-Capitalism Luxemburg coal and steel production see also Benelux Lvov (Lwów) Lyubimov, Yuri MacArthur, Douglas McCarthy, Joseph McDonald’s (fast food) Macedonia Macedonians McGovern, George MacGregor, Sir Ian McKenzie, D. N. Maclean, Donald Maclean, Sir Fitzroy Macmillan, Harold, 1st Earl of Stockton McNamara, Robert MacShane, Denis Madoff, Bernard Magloire, Paul Magnet, Myron Mailer, Norman Makarios, Archbishop malaria Malatya Malaya Malaysia Malenkov, Georgy Malraux, André Malta Malta summit (1989) Manaos Manchester Grammar School Manchester Guardian see Guardian Manchukuo Manchuria Chinesewar Japanese invasion (1931) Soviet claims to territory Mann, Klaus Mann, Thomas Mannerheim, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannesmann (corporation) Mansfield, Mike Mansfield Amendment (1973) Manuilsky, Dmitry Mao Tsetung: and atomic bomb background and character andwar death early career ‘hundred flowers’ campaign and Hungarian uprising of 1956 inauguration of People’s Republic Jiangxi soviet and Korean War and Long March and Marshall military genius and Nixon’s visit to China and Stalin tyranny and Vietnam and village politics Western intellectuals’ views of Maoism ‘Little Red Book’ Maraş Marchais, Georges Marcuse, Herbert Margolina, Sonja Marjolin, Robert Marshall, George.: background and character and Chinesewar development of Marshall Plan and Greekwar and Mao Moscow conference (1947) Paris Peace conference (1947) and Stalin Yalta conference (1945) Marshall Plan (European Recovery Program) costs of Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA) Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) and Soviet bloc Martí, José Marx, Karl The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon Marxism: in Chile in China defeat of in France and Frankfurt School Marxist economists mayhem caused by in Turkey Masaryk, Jan Maspéro, François mass-production methods Massoud, Ahmad Shah Massu, Jacques Émile Masur, Kurt Matsu islands Matthews, Herbert Matusow, Allen Mauthausen concentration camp Maxwell, James Clerk Maxwell, Robert Meese, Edwin Meinhof, Ulrike Meir, Golda Mekong Delta Melhuish, Sir Ramsay Menderes, Adnan Mendès France, Pierre Mengele, Josef mental illness Mersin Messina conference (1955) Metternich, Klemens Wenzel, Prince von Mexico: Castro in development of contraceptive Pill oil industry Mexico City Meyer, Herbert E.

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson


Albert Einstein, corporate raider, cuban missile crisis, Donald Trump, Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach, impulse control, Norman Mailer, Ronald Reagan, Skype

I pieced together the Bob Hare chapter in part through my interviews with him, but also from reading his books Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us (Guilford Press, 1999) and Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work (HarperBusiness, 2007), which he coauthored with Paul Babiak. The Nicole Kidman story Bob Hare tells comes from the article “Psychopaths Among Us,” by Robert Hercz, 2001. My information on the Jack Abbott/Norman Mailer story came from “The Strange Case of the Writer and the Criminal,” by Michiko Kakutani (The New York Times Book Review, September 20, 1981) and In the Belly of the Beast, by Jack Henry Abbott with an Introduction by Norman Mailer (Vintage, 1991). Background into the crimes of Emmanuel “Toto” Constant came from “Giving ‘The Devil’ His Due,” by David Grann (The Atlantic, June 2001). Thanks to Ben Blair and Alan Hayling for their help with the chapter “Night of the Living Dead,” and to John Byrne for his book Chainsaw: The Notorious Career of Al Dunlap in the Era of Profit-at-Any-Price (HarperBusiness, 1999) along with his research into Al Dunlap in the magazines BusinessWeek and Fast Company.

I was attaining a new power, like a secret weapon, the kind of power that heroes of TV dramas about brilliant criminal profilers display—the power to identify a psychopath merely by spotting certain turns of phrase, certain sentence constructions, certain ways of being. I felt like a different person, a hardliner, not confused or out of my depth as I had been when I’d been hanging around with Tony and the Scientologists. Instead I was contemptuous of those naive people who allowed themselves to be taken in by slick-tongued psychopaths, contemptuous of, for instance, Norman Mailer. In 1977, Mailer—who was working on The Executioner’s Song, about the recently executed convicted murderer Gary Gilmore—began corresponding with a tough Utah prisoner, a bank robber and murderer named Jack Henry Abbott. Mailer came to admire Abbott’s writing, and then to champion him when he was up for parole in 1981. “I love Jack Abbott for surviving and for having learned to write as well as he does,” Mailer wrote the Utah Board of Corrections.

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Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram Chandra


Alan Turing: On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, Apple II, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, British Empire, business process, conceptual framework, create, read, update, delete, crowdsourcing, don't repeat yourself, Donald Knuth, East Village, European colonialism, finite state, Firefox, Flash crash, glass ceiling, Grace Hopper, haute couture, iterative process, Jaron Lanier, John von Neumann, land reform, London Whale, Norman Mailer, Paul Graham, pink-collar, revision control, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, supercomputer in your pocket, theory of mind, Therac-25, Turing machine, wikimedia commons, women in the workforce

I think, if I had enough money, I’d give up writing tomorrow.20 Here’s Abe Kobo on the subject: “The most enjoyable time is when I suddenly get the idea for my work. But when I start writing it is very, very painful … To write or commit suicide. Which will it be?”21 Joan Acocella: “Writing is a nerve-flaying job … Clichés come to mind much more than anything fresh or exact. To hack one’s way past them requires a huge, bleeding effort.”22 Norman Mailer: “I think nobody knows how much damage a book does to you except another writer. It’s hell writing a novel; you really poison your body doing it … it is self-destruction, it’s quiet self-destruction, civilized self-destruction.”23 Malcolm Cowley referred to the writing-is-hell whiners as “bleeders,” and thought that their suffering stemmed from their slow, overly self-critical method: “[They] write one sentence at a time, and can’t write it until the sentence before has been revised.”24 This is an attractive hypothesis, but it rather breaks down in the case of writers like Wolfe, who “habitually wrote for long hours, wrote rapidly, and turned huge manuscripts over to his publishers.”25 I’m a slow writer, but I’m quite content to leave sentences unrevised until the second or third draft, and I know quite well that my first draft will lack architectural coherence and shapeliness.

Pipher, Writing to Change the World, 81. 16. Tedd, “Hours of Hell and Anguish,” 95. 17. Ibid., 97. 18. West, Conversations with William Styron, 9. 19. Review, The Paris Review Interviews, III, 22. 20. Ingersoll and Ingersoll, Conversations with Anthony Burgess, 73. 21. Fisher, The Writer’s Quotebook, 18. 22. Acocella, “Blocked: Why Do Writers Stop Writing?,” 129. 23. Leeds, The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer, 132. 24. Cowley, And I Worked at the Writer’s Trade, 191. 25. Tedd, “Hours of Hell and Anguish,” 99. 26. Ingalls Sr., Masson, and Patwardhan, The Dhvanyaloka of Anandavardhana with the Locana of Abhinavagupta, 120. 27. Matilal, “Vakroti and Dhvani: Controversies about the Theory of Poetry in the Indian Tradition,” 381. 28. Parashar and Rājaśekhara, Kāvyamīmāṃsā of Rājaśekhara, 149. 29.

PandoDaily (blog), July 2, 2013. Lampson, Butler W. “Guest Editorial.” Software: Practice and Experience 2, no. 3 (1972): 195–196. Lanier, Jaron. “The Suburb That Changed the World.” New Statesman, August 18, 2011. Leeds, Barry H. The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer. Bainbridge, WA: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2002. Leeming, David. The Oxford Companion to World Mythology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Leonard, Andrew. “Let My Software Go!”, March 30, 1998. Lippert, Eric. “Cargo Cultists, Part Three: Is Mort a Cargo Cultist?” Eric Lippert’s Blog: Fabulous Adventures in Coding, March 2, 2004.

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Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language by Robert McCrum


Alistair Cooke, anti-communist, Berlin Wall, British Empire, call centre, colonial rule, credit crunch, cuban missile crisis, Deng Xiaoping, Etonian, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, invention of movable type, invention of writing, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, jimmy wales, knowledge economy, Livingstone, I presume, Martin Wolf, Naomi Klein, Norman Mailer, Parag Khanna, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Republic of Letters, Ronald Reagan, sceptred isle, Scramble for Africa, Silicon Valley, Steven Pinker, the new new thing, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas L Friedman, trade route, transatlantic slave trade, transcontinental railway, upwardly mobile

: Schama, Rough Crossings, p. 17. 136 ‘When you have succeeded in dehumanising’: see Thomas Keneally, Lincoln (London, 2003). 136 ‘If the language of Uncle Remus’: Joel Chandler Harris, ‘Plantation Music’, Critic,3/5 (December 1883). 138 ‘The word jazz’: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up (New York, 1931), p. 16. 138 As the story goes: Edward Jablonski, Gershwin: A Biography (New York, 1998). 140 ‘the near burned-out, throttled, hate-filled dying affair’: Norman Mailer ‘Huckleberry Finn - Alive at 100’, New York Times Book Review, 9 December 1984. 140 He lists the Hip words: Norman Mailer, Advertisements for myself (New York, 1959). 140 Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains: quoted in William Safire (ed.) 141 Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History (New York, 2004), pp. 560-66. 142 Obama himself: Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father (New York, 2004), p. 437. 143 ‘No attempt needed. We go on our own’: Indian Express, 29 October 2008. 143 ‘the absolute clarity and simplicity’: Mark Danner, ‘Obama and Sweet Potato Pie’, New York Review of Books, 20 November 2008, p. 12. 143 I learned to slip back and forth’: Obama, Dreams from My Father, p. 392. 143 ‘the right man for a new and globalised age’: Jonathan Freedland, ‘The Improbable Journey’, Guardian, 6 November 2008. 144 Timothy Garton-Ash: ‘The USA Doesn’t Look to Europe as it Used to’, Guardian, 11 October 2009.

It’s possible to track the movement of a Globish word like ‘hip’ ‘riff, or ‘groovy’ from Harlem into the American mainstream through the work of a highly popular jazz – band leader, Cab Calloway, who turned ‘jive talk’ into a popular lyric, ‘Mister Hepster’s Jive Talk Dictionary’: If you want to learn the lingo: Jive from ABC to Zee, Get Hip with Mister Hepster’s Dictionaree. Cab Calloway popularized an extraordinary range of jive talk terms, from Hip, cat, chick and hype, to mellow, riff, square and groovy. In turn these terms were taken up by Louis Armstrong, the darling of young black and white American music lovers around the Second World War. One of the youthful veterans from this war, a young writer named Norman Mailer, became so obsessed with ‘the near burned-out, throttled, hate-filled dying affair between whites and blacks’, which he characterized as ‘still our great national love affair’, that in 1959 he decided to declare himself a ‘White Negro’. Rarely, in the long interaction of blacks and whites, had there been such a bizarre, or telling, formulation. Mailer had just returned from military service in the Pacific as an enlisted man.

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The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse by Mohamed A. El-Erian


activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Airbnb, balance sheet recession, bank run, barriers to entry, break the buck, Bretton Woods, British Empire, capital controls, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Carmen Reinhart, carried interest, collapse of Lehman Brothers, corporate governance, currency peg, Erik Brynjolfsson, eurozone crisis, financial innovation, Financial Instability Hypothesis, financial intermediation, financial repression, fixed income, Flash crash, forward guidance, friendly fire, full employment, future of work, Hyman Minsky, If something cannot go on forever, it will stop - Herbert Stein's Law, income inequality, inflation targeting, Jeff Bezos, Kenneth Rogoff, Khan Academy, liquidity trap, Martin Wolf, megacity, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, moral hazard, mortgage debt, Norman Mailer, oil shale / tar sands, price stability, principal–agent problem, quantitative easing, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Second Machine Age, secular stagnation, sharing economy, sovereign wealth fund, The Great Moderation, The Wisdom of Crowds, too big to fail, University of East Anglia, yield curve, zero-sum game

He just stayed there, putting his hands and arms up to protect as much of himself as he could. Initially surprised, most of those watching the fight judged what seemed to be Ali’s strategy to be a huge mistake. They were wrong. Rather, it was a risky move aimed at using the ropes to help dissipate the force of the blows Ali was receiving from Foreman—a tactic subsequently dubbed the rope-a-dope. Norman Mailer, the American writer and sometime boxer, described the strategy as follows: “Standing on one’s feet, it is painful to absorb a heavy body punch even when blocked with one’s arm. The torso, the legs and the spine take the shock. Leaning on the ropes, however, Ali can pass it along; the rope will receive the strain.”2 And it did, giving Ali optionality that would not have been otherwise available to him.

CHAPTER 34: VALUING LIQUIDITY AND OPTIONALITY 1. Mohamed A. El-Erian, “Global Tug of War Is Focus for Investors,” Financial Times, February 9, 2015, CHAPTER 35: IN SUM 1. John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (N.p.: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014). 2. Norman Mailer, The Fight (New York: Vintage International, 1975). BY MOHAMED A. EL-ERIAN The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change ABOUT THE AUTHOR Author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller When Markets Collide and winner of the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, Mohamed A.

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A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn


active measures, affirmative action, agricultural Revolution, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Bartolomé de las Casas, Bernie Sanders, British Empire, clean water, colonial rule, death of newspapers, desegregation, equal pay for equal work, feminist movement, friendly fire, full employment, God and Mammon, Howard Zinn, illegal immigration, jobless men, land reform, Mercator projection, Mikhail Gorbachev, minimum wage unemployment, Monroe Doctrine, new economy, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, offshore financial centre, Plutocrats, plutocrats, profit motive, Ralph Nader, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Silicon Valley, strikebreaker, Telecommunications Act of 1996, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, transcontinental railway, union organizing, Upton Sinclair, very high income, War on Poverty, Works Progress Administration

To give just one instance: combat crews in the air force in the European theater, going to the base movies between bombing missions, found two lines—an officers’ line (short), and an enlisted men’s line (very long). There were two mess halls, even as they prepared to go into combat: the enlisted men’s food was different—worse—than the officers’. The literature that followed World War II, James Jones’s From Here to Eternity, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, captured this GI anger against the army “brass.” In The Naked and the Dead, the soldiers talk in battle, and one of them says: “The only thing wrong with this Army is it never lost a war.” Toglio was shocked. “You think we ought to lose this one?” Red found himself carried away. “What have I against the goddam Japs? You think I care if they keep this fuggin jungle?

The Destruction of Dresden. New York: Ballantine, 1965. Kahn, Herman. On Thermonuclear War. New York: Free Press, 1969. *Kolko, Gabriel. The Politics of War: The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1943–1945. New York: Random House, 1968. Lemisch, Jesse. On Active Service in War and Peace: Politics and Ideology in the American Historical Profession. Toronto: New Hogtown Press, 1975. Mailer, Norman. The Naked and the Dead. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1948. Miller, Douglas, and Nowak, Marion. The Fifties: The Way We Really Were. New York: Doubleday, 1977. Miller, Marc. “The Irony of Victory: Lowell During World War II.” Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Boston University, 1977. Mills, C. Wright. The Power Elite. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970. Minear, Richard H.

., 542, 543 Macdonald, Dwight, 420 McFarlane, Robert, 587 McGovern, George, 545, 553 McKay, Claude, 444 McKinley, William, 295, 299, 303, 304, 305–06, 312–13, 314, 320 McKinnon, Cynthia, 621 McKissick, Floyd, 464 MacLeish, Archibald, 414 McLoughlin, William G., 83–84 MacMichael, David, 618 McNamara, Robert, 475–76, 484, 550 McNaughton, John, 481, 499 McPherson, James, 194 Macune, Charles, 287 McVeigh, Timothy, 646, 649 Madison, Dolly, 110 Madison, James, 33, 91, 96, 97–98, 132, 632 Mahan, A. T., 298, 300 Maier, Pauline, 67–68 Mailer, Norman, 418–19 Main, Jackson, 80, 98 Malcolm X, 457–58, 461 Manning, Robert, 560–61 Marcos, Ferdinand, 572 Markham, Edwin, 324 Marshall, George, 422, 438 Marshall, Thurgood, 574, 548–49 Marshall Plan, 438 Martin, Luther, 91 Martineau, Harriet, 113 Martinez, Elizabeth, 616 Marx, Karl, 12, 242, 243, 250, 258, 293 Maryland, Colonial era, 34, 35, 44, 46, 47, 50, 57, 68, 82, 83 Mason, John, 14–15 Massachusetts: Colonial era 13–17 passim, 21, 47–54 passim, 65–67, 69–70, 71, 72, 78, 83, 91–95 labor (19th century), 222–23, 228–33, 234, 236, 241, 243–44 reform movements, 115, 119, 120–21 see also Boston Massachusetts Bay Colony, 13, 15–16, 47–48, 108–09 Mather, Cotton, 15 Matthews, Mary Musgrove, 109 Mattick, Paul, 395 Mayaguez incident, 551–54, 588 meatpacking industry, 253, 254, 308–09, 322, 330, 349 media censorship, 671–72 Mellon, Andrew, 384 Mellon, James, 255 Mencken, H.

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Moonshot: The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure by Dan Parry

Amazon:, Norman Mailer, V2 rocket, white flight

Beside them, fans blew air out into the auditorium.45 Each of them spoke before taking questions. One reporter asked Armstrong whether he believed the Moon would eventually become part of the civilised world; another wanted to know if he feared losing his private life after the mission. To a question about what he would be taking to the Moon, Neil wryly replied, 'If I had a choice, I would take more fuel.' After sitting through an array of arid answers, Norman Mailer wrote that Armstrong 'surrendered words about as happily as a hound allowed meat to be pulled out of his teeth'. While the reporters vainly searched for drops of emotion as if looking for water on the Moon, a few hundred yards away Gene Kranz and his team were beginning their final training session. The crew later gave many individual interviews before going home at the end of a 14-hour day – unaware of 1201 alarms that could be safely ignored.46 After flying back to the Cape on Monday 7 July, the men returned to the simulators, once again living a life of relative isolation.

Crouch (eds), Apollo: Ten Years Since Tranquility Base, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979 Dr James Hansen, FirstMan, The Life of Neil Armstrong, Simon & Schuster, 2005 David Harland, The First Men on the Moon, Praxis Publishing, 2007 Edwin P. Hoyt, The Space Dealers: A Hard Look at the Role of Business in the U.S. Space Effort, The John Day Co., 1971 Chris Kraft, Flight, My Life in Mission Control, Plume, 2002 Gene Kranz, Failure Is Not an Option, Berkley, 2000 Norman Mailer, Of a Fire on the Moon, Little, Brown, 1970 Stephanie Nolen, Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race, Penguin Canada, Toronto, 2002 Rod Pyle, Destination Moon, Carlton Publishing Group, 2005 David West Reynolds, Apollo, The Epic Journey to the Moon, Tehabi, 2002 Robert Seamans, Project Apollo, The Tough Decisions, NASA, 2005 David Shayler, Disasters and Accidents in Manned Spaceflight, Praxis, 2000 Deke Slayton, Deke!

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Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles by Michael Gross


Albert Einstein, Ayatollah Khomeini, bank run, Bernie Madoff, California gold rush, clean water, corporate raider, Donald Trump, estate planning, family office, financial independence, Irwin Jacobs, Maui Hawaii, McMansion, mortgage debt, Norman Mailer, offshore financial centre, oil rush, passive investing, pension reform, Ponzi scheme, Right to Buy, Robert Bork, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, The Predators' Ball, transcontinental railway, yellow journalism

Though Wayne writes that she then moved into a hotel and left her post as Schenck’s mistress to play the same role for Skouras in 1953, the year of her breakout performances in Niagara and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she would still be photographed at Schenck’s home. Their bond was a strong one. Years later, she would tell the writer W. J. Weatherby about listening to Schenck’s stories: “He was full of wisdom like some great explorer,” she said. “I also liked to look at his face. It was as much the face of a town as of a man. The whole history of Hollywood was in it.” Norman Mailer took this up when he wrote his meditation on Monroe. “The likelihood is that Schenck and Monroe had, or at least also had, some sort of genuine friendship; if there was sex, it was not necessarily the first of the qualities he found in her. We are not going to know,” Mailer wrote. At age seventy-one, Joseph Schenck left Fox to manage its movie theater chains and the investments he’d made over many years in real estate, racetracks, and a Mexican casino.

New York: Viking Press, 1981. ——, and Jeffrey Hyland. The Estates of Beverly Hills: Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, Beverly Park. Beverly Hills, CA: Beverly Park Gatehouse, 1989. Longstreth, Richard W. City Center to Regional Mall: Architecture, the Automobile, and Retailing in Los Angeles, 1920–1950. Boston: MIT Press, 1997. Louvish, Simon. Cecil B. DeMille: A Life in Art. New York: Thomas Dunne, 2007. Mailer, Norman. Marilyn, A Biography. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1973. Mann, May. Jayne Mansfield: A Biography. New York: Pocket Books, 1974. Marion, Frances. Off with Their Heads! A Serio-Comic Tale of Hollywood. New York: Macmillan, 1972. McDougal, Dennis. The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood. New York: Random House, 1998. ——. Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A.

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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition by Steven Levy


air freight, Apple II, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, Buckminster Fuller, Byte Shop, computer age, computer vision, corporate governance, Donald Knuth, El Camino Real, game design, Hacker Ethic, hacker house, Haight Ashbury, John Conway, John Markoff, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, non-fiction novel, Norman Mailer, Paul Graham, popular electronics, RAND corporation, reversible computing, Richard Stallman, Silicon Valley, software patent, speech recognition, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, Whole Earth Catalog, Y Combinator

He was a passenger on a special cruise to the Caribbean, a “science cruise” timed for the launch, and the boat was loaded with sci-fi writers, futurists, scientists of varying stripes, cultural commentators, and, according to Gosper, “an unbelievable quantity of just completely empty-headed cruise-niks.” Gosper was there as part of Marvin Minsky’s party. He got to engage in discussion with the likes of Norman Mailer, Katherine Anne Porter, Isaac Asimov, and Carl Sagan, who impressed Gosper with his Ping-Pong playing. For real competition, Gosper snuck in some forbidden matches with the Indonesian crewmen, who were by far the best players on the boat. Apollo 17 was to be the first manned space shot initiated at night, and the cruise boat was sitting three miles off Cape Kennedy for an advantageous view of the launch.

Wizards LOGO computer language, Life Long-distance blue box calls, Woz, Secrets, Secrets Long-Range Computer Study Group, Spacewar Lord British, Applefest, Applefest Losers and winners, Winners and Losers Losing, The Tech Model Railroad Club Loving Grace Cybernetics, Revolt in 2100 Lubeek, Olaf, The Third Generation M M&R Electronics, Woz MacHack chess program, Greenblatt and Gosper Machine Aided Cognition, Spacewar Machine language, The Hacker Ethic MacLISP, Greenblatt and Gosper Mailer, Norman, Life Make magazine, Afterword: 2010 Maker Faire festivals, Afterword: 2010 Mariott, Pat, Applefest Mark 4, The Wizard and the Princess Marketing, Frogger Markkula, Mike, Woz, Secrets Marsh, Bob, Every Man a God, Every Man a God, The Homebrew Computer Club, The Homebrew Computer Club, Tiny BASIC, Tiny BASIC, Tiny BASIC, Woz, Secrets Marx, Karl, Every Man a God Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Tech Model Railroad Club, The Hacker Ethic, The Midnight Computer Wiring Society, Life Master key, The Midnight Computer Wiring Society Mayan calendar hack, Spacewar McCarthy, John, The Tech Model Railroad Club, The Hacker Ethic, Spacewar, Spacewar, Greenblatt and Gosper, Life, Life, Revolt in 2100 McKenzie, John, The Tech Model Railroad Club, The Midnight Computer Wiring Society Melen, Roger, The Homebrew Computer Club, The Homebrew Computer Club Memorial Student Union (UM), Greenblatt and Gosper Memory boards, The Homebrew Computer Club, The Homebrew Computer Club design and production, The Homebrew Computer Club Merton, Louis, Life MICRO magazine, The Wizard and the Princess Micro-8 Newsletter, Tiny BASIC Microbooth, The Brotherhood Microprocessor, Every Man a God Microsoft, Frogger, Afterword: 2010 MIDAS assembler, The Midnight Computer Wiring Society, Winners and Losers Middle Earth trilogy, Life Midnight Computer Wiring Society, The Midnight Computer Wiring Society Midpeninsula Free University, Revolt in 2100 Milhon, Jude, Revolt in 2100, Revolt in 2100, The Homebrew Computer Club, Secrets, Secrets Minsky, Marvin, The Hacker Ethic, Spacewar, Spacewar, Greenblatt and Gosper, The Midnight Computer Wiring Society, Winners and Losers, Life, Life Minskytron, Spacewar, Spacewar Missile Command game, The Third Generation MIT hackers, Afterword: 2010 MITS Caravan, Tiny BASIC Moby Memory, Winners and Losers Model 33 teletype, Winners and Losers Model Instrumentation Telemetry System (MITS), Every Man a God, Every Man a God, Every Man a God, Tiny BASIC, Tiny BASIC, Tiny BASIC, Woz Modem, Secrets Modes, Greenblatt and Gosper Monopoly game, Frogger Moore, Fred, Every Man a God, The Homebrew Computer Club, The Homebrew Computer Club, The Homebrew Computer Club, Secrets Morby, Jacky, Frogger Motorola 6800 chip, Tiny BASIC Motorola microprocessors, Woz Mouse in the Maze game, Spacewar, The Wizard and the Princess Mouskattack game, The Third Generation Multi-format disk scheme, Applefest Multics, Winners and Losers, Winners and Losers Multiple Access Computing, Spacewar Mung (Mash Until No Good), The Tech Model Railroad Club Muppets, The, Frogger Music program, The Tech Model Railroad Club, The Hacker Ethic, Spacewar Music, of a Sort, The Homebrew Computer Club My Computer Likes Me (Albrecht), Revolt in 2100 Mystery House game, The Wizard and the Princess, The Brotherhood, Wizard vs.

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Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately


barriers to entry, British Empire, California gold rush, corporate raider, delayed gratification, Deng Xiaoping, Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse, Fellow of the Royal Society, Gordon Gekko, greed is good, Haight Ashbury, Hernando de Soto, imperial preference, invisible hand, joint-stock company, Louis Pasteur, megacity, music of the spheres, Norman Mailer, Peace of Westphalia, refrigerator car, Ronald Reagan, South Sea Bubble, spice trade, strikebreaker, the scientific method, Tim Cook: Apple, trade route, traveling salesman, Upton Sinclair, V2 rocket, working poor

Animal House also made a bow in the direction of the Western cultural roots of drinking in its toga party scenes, in which Belushi appeared as Bacchus, with a wreath of ivy round his temples. Literature also continued to set a bad example. By the 1980s the reading lists for high school curricula were dominated by drinkers, including Poe, London, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck, O’Neill, Kerouac, Capote, Gregory Corso, Tennessee Williams, Norman Mailer, and Edward Albee. 72 In 1982, President Reagan appointed a commission to investigate drunk driving. The following year he broadcast its findings to the nation in a holiday season radio address. The statistics were horrifying: “We’ve lost more than a quarter of a million of our countrymen to drunk drivers in the last ten years. That’s five hundred every week, seventy every day, one every twenty minutes.”

See also gin Kaaba Kansas karaoke Keats, John Kennedy, Ted Kentucky Kerouac, Jack KGB khamriyya Khayyam, Omar Kilmarnock, Scotland King Scorpion Kipling, Rudyard Kirin Brewing Company Kissinger, Henry Kito, Hideaki Klaebisch, Otto Kohler, Charles Koran krausening Krug, Charles lager beers Lamb, Charles Langland, William Latter-day Saints Laurel Glen Winery Lavoisier, Antoine-Laurent Leeward Winery Leffe monastery Lett, David Lewis, Dioclesian Lewis and Clark expedition Lexington Gazette Liberty Ale Liberty Bowl Lightner, Candy Lincoln, Abraham Lindisfame Little Ice Age Livesey, Joseph Lloyd’s Coffee House Locke, John London, England London, Jack London Company of Distillers London Stock Exchange Longfellow, Henry Longworth, Nicholas Los Angeles, California Los ías de Muertos Lost Generation Louis Louisiana Lowry, Malcolm Lowther, Henry (Lord Lonsdale) LSD Ludwig Lull, Raymond Luther, Martin Lynch, Kermit Macarthur, John Macbeth (Shakespeare) Macedonia Macquarie, Lachlan Madeira Archipelago Madeira wines maenads Magellan, Ferdinand Mailer, Norman Maine maize Majoribanks, Campbell malaria Malt Lecture (Livesey) Mandeville, John Manet, Edouard Manhattan Island Manifest Destiny Manning, Thomas Mao Tse-tung Marcus Aurelius Marie Antoinette marijuana Mark Antony marketing of alcoholic products Marsden, Samuel Marseilles Martial Martinique Martyr, Justin Maryland Massachusetts Massachusetts Bay Company Massachusetts Council Massasoit Mather, Cotton Mather, Increase Matisse, Henri Maupassant, Guy de Max, Tucker Mayans Maytag, Fritz McCave, Eleanor McCoy, William S.

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The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker

affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Alfred Russel Wallace, anti-communist, British Empire, clean water, cognitive dissonance, Columbine, conceptual framework, correlation coefficient, correlation does not imply causation, cuban missile crisis, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, Defenestration of Prague, desegregation, epigenetics, Exxon Valdez, George Akerlof, germ theory of disease, ghettoisation, glass ceiling, Hobbesian trap, income inequality, invention of agriculture, invisible hand, long peace, meta analysis, meta-analysis, More Guns, Less Crime, Murray Gell-Mann, mutually assured destruction, Norman Mailer, Peter Singer: altruism, phenotype, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Potemkin village, prisoner's dilemma, profit motive, QWERTY keyboard, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Richard Thaler, risk tolerance, Robert Bork, Rodney Brooks, Saturday Night Live, speech recognition, stem cell, Steven Pinker, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, the new new thing, theory of mind, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, ultimatum game, urban renewal, War on Poverty, women in the workforce, Yogi Berra, zero-sum game

The other kind is made up of people who are predisposed to psychopathy only in certain circumstances, namely when they perceive themselves to be competitively disadvantaged in society and find themselves at home in a group of other antisocial peers. The possibility that some individuals are born with a weak conscience runs squarely against the doctrine of the Noble Savage. It calls to mind the old-fashioned notions of born criminals and bad seeds, and it was blotted out by twentieth-century intellectuals and replaced with the belief that all wrongdoers are victims of poverty or bad parenting. In the late 1970s Norman Mailer received a letter from a prisoner named Jack Henry Abbott, who had spent most of his life behind bars for crimes ranging from passing bad checks to killing a fellow prisoner. Mailer was writing a book about the murderer Gary Gilmore, and Abbott offered to help him get into the mindset of a killer by sharing his prison diaries and his radical critique of the criminal justice system. Mailer was dazzled by Abbott’s prose and proclaimed him to be a brilliant new writer and thinker—“an intellectual, a radical, a potential leader, a man obsessed with a vision of more elevated human relations in a better world that revolution could forge.”

Lord of the Flies (Golding) Lorenz, Konrad Los Angeles Times Lott, John “Lottery in Babylon, The” (Borges) Loury, Glenn Love Canal Low, Bobbie Lowie, Robert Lubinski, David luck, life paths and Lutz, Catherine Lyell, Charles Lykken, David McCarthy, Joseph McClelland, James McClintock, Martha McElroy, Wendy McGinnis, John McGue, Matt McGuinness, Diane Machiavelli, Niccolò Machiavellian traits MacKinnon, Catharine McVeigh, Timothy Madison, James Maeterlinck, Maurice Mahabharata Mailer, Norman Mallon,Ron Malthus, Thomas Man and Aggression (Montagu) Mansfield, Harvey Man Who Came to Dinner, The Mao Zedong Mapplethorpe, Robert March of Folly, The: From Troy to Vietnam (Tuchman) Marcos, Ferdinand Marcus, Gary Margaret Mead and Samoa (Freeman) Marr, David Martindale, Colin Marx, Karl Marx Brothers Marxism Masters, Roger materialism Mating Mind, The (Miller) Matrix, The Mayr, Ernst Mazursky, Paul Mead, Margaret Mealey, Linda media: images in stereotypes in violence and Mehler, Barry Melamid, Alexander Melzack, Ronald memory Mencken, H.

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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature by Steven Pinker

airport security, Albert Einstein, Bob Geldof, colonial rule, conceptual framework, correlation does not imply causation, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, David Brooks, Douglas Hofstadter,, experimental subject, fudge factor, George Santayana, loss aversion, luminiferous ether, Norman Mailer, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, science of happiness, speech recognition, stem cell, Steven Pinker, Thomas Bayes, Thorstein Veblen, traffic fines, urban renewal, Yogi Berra

If an overuse of taboo words, whether by design or laziness, blunts their emotional edge, it will have deprived us of a linguistic instrument that we sometimes sorely need. And this brings me to the arguments on the pro-swearing side. To begin with, it’s a fact of life that people swear. The responsibility of writers is to give a “just and lively image of human nature,” and that includes portraying a character’s language realistically when their art calls for it. When Norman Mailer wrote his true-to-life novel about World War II, The Naked and the Dead, in 1948, he knew it would be a betrayal of his depiction of the soldiers to have them speak without swearing. His compromise with the sensibilities of the day was to have them use the pseudo-epithet fug. (When Dorothy Parker met him she said, “So you’re the man who doesn’t know how to spell fuck.”) Sadly, this prissiness is not a thing of the past.

Keysar, Boaz Khrushchev, Nikita kill killing Kim Jong Il, kinship metaphors Kipling, Rudyard Kitcher, Patricia Klein, Devrah knowing: a priori and a posteriori as having mutual knowledge Korean language Korff, Baruch Krebs, John Kripke, Saul Lakoff, George Lambek, Jim Langan, Michael language: combinatorial power of components of concreteness of as digital medium expanding perfect for reasoning as window into human nature see also language learning; semantics; syntax language acquisition, see language learning Language Instinct, The (Pinker) language learnability language learning as induction problem Linguistic Determinism and language of thought languages, see American Sign Language, Arabic language, Aymara language, Berber language, Chichewa language, Chinese language, Czech language, Danish language, Djirbal language, Dutch language, English language, French language, German language, Greek language, Hebrew language, Hungarian language, Igbo language, Indonesian language, Inuit languages, Italian language, Japanese language, Korean language, Papuan language, Portuguese language, Québecois French language, Russian language, Shona language, Spanish language, Tamil language, Tlingit language, Turkish language, Tzeltal language, Tzotzil language, Yiddish language, Yupik language Laplace’s Demon Larkin, Philip law Law & Order Lederer, Richard Lee, Peggy legalese Lehrer, Tom Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm Levin, Beth Levinson, Stephen Leviticus Lewis, C,S, Lewis, David Lexicon Branding Li, Peggy Lieberson, Stanley liff, meaning of Lillie, Beatrice limbic system Linguistic Determinism (Whorfian hypothesis) arguments against banal versions of and count-mass distinction defined on Eskimo words for snow interesting versions of radical versions of requirements for demonstrating linguistic relativity, see Linguistic Determinism (Whorfian hypothesis) literally literary metaphors conceptual metaphors contrasted with Lloyd, John locative construction gestalt-shift theory of idiosyncratic uses of learnability paradox universals and variation locative rule Locke, John logic “Logic and Conversation” (Grice) “love is a journey” metaphor “Love Me Two Times” (Doors) McCartney, Paul McCawley, James D. McClelland, James McCorduck, Pamela McGinn, Colin MacKay, Don Madison (name) magic, sympathetic magic, word Magritte, René Mailer, Norman Maledicta: The International Journal of Verbal Aggression malefactive man Manetos, Miltos Marcus, Ruth Barcan Market Pricing Marr, David Marvin (comic) Mary, Chico Marx, Groucho mass nouns mathematics: definitions in geometry mental arithmetic topology see also number (quantity) matter: continuous versus discrete count versus mass nouns for as extended in space maxims, conversational meaning: of artifact terms broad and narrow connotation and definitions denotation Extreme Nativism’s view of of natural-kind terms of personal names Radical Pragmatics’ view of reference and sense and sounds’ relation to theories of as in the world or in the head see also metaphors; polysemy meaning postulates memory: for form versus gist in language comprehension for lexical meaning mnemonics reminding similarity in working men: boys’ names difference from women regarding sex swearing among see also sex differences; women Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (Gray) Mencken, H.

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All the Money in the World by Peter W. Bernstein


Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Berlin Wall, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, call centre, corporate governance, corporate raider, creative destruction, currency peg, David Brooks, Donald Trump, estate planning, family office, financial innovation, George Gilder, high net worth, invisible hand, Irwin Jacobs: Qualcomm, Jeff Bezos, job automation, job-hopping, John Markoff, Long Term Capital Management, Marc Andreessen, Martin Wolf, Maui Hawaii, means of production, mega-rich, Menlo Park, Mikhail Gorbachev, new economy, Norman Mailer, PageRank, Peter Singer: altruism, pez dispenser, popular electronics, Renaissance Technologies, Rod Stewart played at Stephen Schwarzman birthday party, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, school vouchers, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, the new new thing, Thorstein Veblen, too big to fail, traveling salesman, urban planning, wealth creators, William Shockley: the traitorous eight, women in the workforce

When Saul Steinberg’s twenty-five-year-old daughter38, Laura, married thirty-four-year-old Loews scion Jonathan Tisch in 1988,*17 they threw a $3 million wedding replete with searchlights shining out of the stained-glass windows of the Central Synagogue on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan; the Steinbergs’ antiques decorated the inside of the house of worship. After the service, guests assembled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a reception was held at the Egyptian Temple of Dendur. Wedding guests such as Norman Mailer and Barbara Walters39 were entertained by a Brazilian band on stilts; the wedding cake soared ten feet into the air. The following year40, when Steinberg turned fifty, his third wife, Gayfryd (one of the most slavishly covered socialites of the 1980s and early 1990s), threw a million-dollar party at which models, one of them nude, posed as figures from Steinberg’s favorite old-master paintings.

,”, Sept. 21, 2006. 36. A 2000 Gallup poll: Theodore Spencer, “What Does Trump Really Want?” Fortune, Apr. 3, 2000. 37. In the late nineteenth century: Vanderbilt, Fortune’s Children, p. 110. 38. When Saul Steinberg’s twenty-five-year-old daughter: Leslie Eaton, “Selling the Farm, Park Avenue Style; For a Pair of Socialites, It’s Out with the Ormolu,” New York Times, May 27, 2000. 39. Wedding guests such as Norman Mailer and Barbara Walters: Leslie Eaton, “The Steinbergs’ Fixer-Upper,” New York Observer, Apr. 1, 2002. Also Judith H. Dobrzynski, “Books: Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless,” BusinessWeek, Nov. 13, 1989. 40. The following year: Joseph N. DiStefano, “Life Is Grand,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 16, 2001. 41. Malcolm Forbes understood the appeal: Alan Riding, “Tangier Journal: As in Old Days, the Jet Set Comes in for a Landing,” New York Times, Aug. 21, 1989. 42.

Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today's Top Comedy Writers by Mike Sacks


Bernie Madoff, Columbine, hive mind, index card, iterative process, Norman Mailer, period drama, Ponzi scheme, pre–internet, Saturday Night Live, Upton Sinclair

But we would have various athletic contests, generally beginning at four in the morning. There were sprints down Second Avenue, for example. It got more macho as the evening progressed. I remember [the film director and screenwriter] James Toback trying to perform some push-ups and running out of steam. The restaurant’s owner, Elaine Kaufman, said, “Put a broad under him.” Is it true that, in the late sixties, you got into a fistfight with Norman Mailer? Yes, at a party he was holding at his town house in Brooklyn Heights. Mailer was looking for a fight. Instead of getting mad, I patted him on his head and said, “Now, now, Norman. Let’s behave.” We made our way to the street, and a crowd formed. We circled each other and we tussled a bit. Eventually he dropped to the ground. I helped him up and he embraced me—but he then bit me on the shoulder.

In other words, I kind of conceded early that I wasn’t going to be a scholar of literature. I wasn’t going to be somebody who’d read and was synthesizing everything ever written. I was too far behind already. But I’d find a writer I loved and read him over and over, and copy him, and then read his favorite writers and so on. I was surprised to learn that there are quite a few writers, like yourself, who also studied engineering: Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, and Norman Mailer, among others. It might just be that an unconventional background liberates you from knowing the proper way of doing a thing. If you train ten people in a method, and the eleventh comes along untrained, he’s going to be off step, and maybe—maybe—this will be to his benefit. So when I look at other writers my age, I am struck by how different my life was from theirs when we were in our twenties.

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Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens


anti-communist, British Empire, colonial rule, deindustrialization, Etonian, hiring and firing, land reform, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, Norman Mailer, nuclear winter, road to serfdom, Ronald Reagan, sensible shoes

Reviewing The Heart of the Matter, and finding Major Scobie to be an implausible character both from the theological and matrimonial point of view, he concluded rather feelingly: ‘And one might add that if he were the kind of man we are told he is — that is, a man whose chief characteristic is a horror of causing pain — he would not be an officer in a colonial police force.’ The Burmese days stayed with him until the end.) Mary McCarthy, a great admirer of Orwell’s, once confessed, in her book The Writing on the Wall, that she had always secretly feared something. His unbending anti-Communism, she suspected, would have prevented him from joining her in opposing the American war in Vietnam. (In interviews at the time, both Noam Chomsky and Norman Mailer gave Orwell as authority for their militant anti-war positions.) I once had the honour of telling Ms McCarthy why I thought they were right and she was wrong about this; it seems obvious from the record that Orwell was for decolonization without conditions, and that he saw clearly the imperial-successor role that the United States was ambitious to play. Remaining doubts on this score are also dispelled by a letter he wrote to the Duchess of Atholl in November 1945.

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War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges


anti-communist, index card, Norman Mailer, Ronald Reagan

Boston: Faber & Faber, 1986. Lasch, Christopher. The Culture of Narcissism. New York: W. W. Norton, 1979. LeShan, Lawrence. The Psychology of War. New York: Helios, 1992. Levi, Primo. The Drowned and the Saved (I Sommersi e i Salvati). London: Abacus, 1991. ———. Survival in Auschwitz (Se questo è un uomo). New York: Collier, 1987. Loyd, Anthony. My War Gone By, I Miss It So. London: Doubleday, 1999. Mailer, Norman. The Naked and the Dead. London: Panther, 1984. Manchester, William. Goodbye Darkess: A Memoir of the Pacific War. New York: Dell, 1980. Manning, Frederic. The Middle Parts of Fortune. London: Penguin, 2000. Marshall, S. L. A. Men Against Fire. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000. Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick. New York: W. W. Norton, 1967. Morante, Elsa. History: A Novel (La Storia).

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The Planets by Dava Sobel


Albert Einstein, Colonization of Mars, Dava Sobel, Edmond Halley, Eratosthenes, friendly fire, Isaac Newton, Kuiper Belt, music of the spheres, Norman Mailer

New York: Henry Holt, 1979. Levy, David H. Clyde Tombaugh: Discoverer of Planet Pluto. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991. ——. Comets: Creators and Destroyers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. Lewis, C. S. Poems. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1964. Light, Michael. Full Moon. New York: Knopf, 1999. Lowell, Percival. Mars. London: Longmans, Green, 1896. (Elibron Classics Replica Edition.) Mailer, Norman. Of a fire on the moon. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969. Maor, Eli. June 8, 2004: Venus in Transit. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. Miller, Anistatia R., and Jared M. Brown. The Complete Astrological Handook for the Twenty-first Century. New York: Schocken, 1999. Miner, Ellis D., and Randii R. Wessen. Neptune: The Planet, Rings and Satellites. Chichester, UK: Springer-Praxis, 2001.

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My Misspent Youth: Essays by Meghan Daum


haute couture, Norman Mailer, rent control, Yogi Berra

Imposed on her world is a perpetual weary sunshine, gleaming rays reflected from Christ’s own well-flossed teeth. Yellow light surrounds her; she seems bathed in Parkay margarine. She has much to overcome. She must do her homework. She must try to get through at least some of the New York Times front section before turning to the Styles section. She must subtly manipulate her Jewish man into eating an occasional Cheez Whiz treat, into buying a Christmas tree. She must avoid being stabbed by Norman Mailer. She must avoid engaging women like Susan Sontag in philosophical debate—at this, as in arguments with any Barnard graduate, the shiksa will lose. The shiksa simply must know her place at the seder table. She must help clean up afterwards. She must try to stay sober. She must send the kids to Hebrew school as long as they also twirl the baton. Moreover she must learn to pronounce charoset as well as eat it.

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Frommer's Portable San Diego by Mark Hiss


car-free, East Village, Golden Gate Park, Irwin Jacobs: Qualcomm, Maui Hawaii, Norman Mailer

It also stocks crystals, New Age music, incense, and jewelry. 3063 University Ave., North Park. & 619/296-1560. www. Mon–Fri 10am–7pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 11am–5pm. D.G. Wills Books This bookstore has tomes stacked to its wood rafters—if you’re looking from something scholarly, offbeat, or esoteric, this place is for you. Over the years this La Jolla treasure has Barnes & Noble 156 CHAPTER 7 . SHOPPING hosted readings by such powerhouses as Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Allen Ginsberg, and Maureen Dowd. 7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla. & 858/456-1800. Mon–Sat 10am– 7pm; Sun 11am–6pm. Obelisk Bookstore This is San Diego’s main gay and lesbian bookstore. You’ll find every gay magazine there is, as well as gay-themed movies for rent on DVD and video. It’s also a clearinghouse for info on local LGBT events. 1029 University Ave., Hillcrest. & 619/2974171.

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How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, From the Pilgrims to the Present by Thomas J. Dilorenzo


banking crisis, British Empire, collective bargaining, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, financial deregulation, Fractional reserve banking, Hernando de Soto, income inequality, invisible hand, Joseph Schumpeter, laissez-faire capitalism, means of production, medical malpractice, Menlo Park, minimum wage unemployment, Norman Mailer, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price stability, profit maximization, profit motive, Ralph Nader, rent control, rent-seeking, Robert Bork, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, statistical model, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, transcontinental railway, union organizing, Upton Sinclair, wealth creators, working poor, Works Progress Administration, zero-sum game

The journalist Jonathan Kozol, who has spent decades arguing that Americans should adopt the Cuban communists’ government-schooling model, stated that “each of my two visits to Cuba was a pilgrimage and an adventure.”27 Scholar Saul Landau declared that “Cuba is the first purposeful society that we have had in the Western Hemisphere for many years . . . where human beings are treated as human beings.”28 The American Marxist economist Paul Baran described communist Cuba as a “paradisiac garden” where “agricultural problems would melt away” with a “gigantic” economic surplus.29 Baran’s associate, fellow Marxist Paul Sweezy, was just as effusive, saying that you come away from Cuba’s communists “with your faith in the human race restored” because of their “purifying and liberating experiences.”30 The American writer Theodore Draper admitted that Cuban economic policy was “murderous, mendacious . . . brutal and arbitrary,” but it should still be admired because, after all, “it is still socialist.”31 Many other American intellectuals were of the same opinion. The anticapitalists’ blind devotion to Cuba has also meant embracing the totalitarian dictator Fidel Castro. PBS executive Frank Mankiewicz interviewed Castro for the PBS audience and also wrote a book heaping praise on the dictator.32 Norman Mailer swooned over Castro and his dictatorship, writing, “So Fidel Castro, I announce to the City of New York that you gave all of us . . . some sense that there were heroes in the world. . . . You were the first and greatest hero to appear in the world since the Second World War.”33 Many other American intellectuals described the brutal Cuban dictator as a Christ-like figure. To Marxist economist Paul Sweezy, even though Castro tortured and murdered his political opponents, including thousands of ordinary citizens, he was nevertheless “a passionate humanitarian.”

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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh


Albert Einstein, Andrew Wiles, Benoit Mandelbrot, cognitive dissonance, Donald Knuth, Erdős number, Georg Cantor, Grace Hopper, Isaac Newton, John Nash: game theory, mandelbrot fractal, Menlo Park, Norbert Wiener, Norman Mailer, P = NP, Paul Erdős, probability theory / Blaise Pascal / Pierre de Fermat, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Rubik’s Cube, Schrödinger's Cat, Simon Singh, Stephen Hawking, Wolfskehl Prize, women in the workforce

I do not start with the numbers any more than a mechanic starts with a monkey wrench. I start with the game, with the things that I see there and the things that people say there. And I ask: Is it true? Can you validate it? Can you measure it?” Year after year, James witnessed a growing readership for his Baseball Abstract, as like-minded number crunchers realized that they had discovered a guru. The novelist and journalist Norman Mailer became a fan, as did the baseball fanatic and actor David Lander, who played Squiggy on the TV show Laverne and Shirley. One of James’s youngest fans was Tim Long, who would go on to join the writing team of The Simpsons, write the script for “MoneyBART,” and feature a copy of one of James’s books alongside Lisa Simpson. Further Observations About the Murky World of Statistics “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses a lamppost—for support rather than illumination.”

Rethinking Camelot by Noam Chomsky


anti-communist, Berlin Wall, cuban missile crisis, Fall of the Berlin Wall, fear of failure, Howard Zinn, land reform, Monroe Doctrine, Norman Mailer, Paul Samuelson, Ronald Reagan

The film, Stone informed the National Press Club, suggests that Kennedy was assassinated “because he was determined to withdraw from and never send combat troops to Vietnam” (that he was “withdrawing from Vietnam” and “had committed himself oppose the entry of U.S. combat troops” has been “unequivocally” demonstrated, Stone added, citing Arthur Schlesinger and John Newman). At a Town Hall (New York) forum sponsored by the Nation, Norman Mailer told an enthusiastic audience that “If Kennedy was going to end the war in Vietnam, he had to be replaced. Lyndon Johnson was the man to do it.” Stone’s film presents the “overarching paradigm” for all further inquiry into the assassination, Mailer went on, though not the complete solution to the mysteries surrounding this “huge and hideous event, in which the gods warred and a god fell,” a cosmic tragedy that casts its pall over all subsequent history.

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Respectable: The Experience of Class by Lynsey Hanley

Berlin Wall, cuban missile crisis, David Brooks, delayed gratification, Etonian, full employment, housing crisis, illegal immigration, invisible hand, liberation theology, low skilled workers, mutually assured destruction, Neil Kinnock, Norman Mailer, Own Your Own Home, Right to Buy, Ronald Reagan, strikebreaker, upwardly mobile, Winter of Discontent

They were perfectly aware that not wanting to share the indignity of fetid festival toilets left them wide open to being called hypocrites, but they had the means to avoid the discomfort and were buggered if they were going to deny themselves. The Manics also quoted Arthur Scargill, the combative mineworkers’ leader, on the sleeve of one of their singles: ‘My father still reads the dictionary every day. He says that your life depends on your power to master words.’ They took this quote as an article of faith, echoing it in the improbable chorus to ‘Faster’, their 1994 Top 20 hit, which name-checked Norman Mailer, Sylvia Plath and Harold Pinter. If you were from a certain kind of world, to grow up in the eighties and nineties and succeed in learning how to spell represented another victory over dark forces. Any residual belief that pop music still represents a meritocratic route for talent to prevail can’t, alas, be sustained given the current landscape. The music journalist Simon Price highlighted the fact that, at one point in 2011, seven of the top ten British albums were by performers who had been privately educated.

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In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 by Francis French, Colin Burgess, Walter Cunningham


Berlin Wall, British Empire, Isaac Newton, Norman Mailer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, V2 rocket, X Prize

With probably the driest, most self-deprecating wit of any astronaut, he managed to combine what many of his colleagues never could: immense piloting and engineering capability with the perception of an outsider. He’d later say that he became an astronaut through “one part shrewd logic and nine parts blind luck; . . . it’s a peculiar twist of circumstances that got me here.” Quiet and unassuming while in the astronaut corps, he’d prove to be the most talented writer of the astronauts after he left. Novelist Norman Mailer would sum him up in three words: “Collins was cool.” His coolheadedness would be an advantage for the mission ahead. For the first time, an American manned mission was not scheduled for an early morning launch. Instead, the crew would lift off just before dusk. As a result, Young and Collins found themselves under instructions from Deke Slayton to “keep partying” until at least two o’clock on their launch day.

The differences in the crew personalities were also very evident to the media. Aldrin would write that “we seemed so dull that invention was sometimes necessary to attract readers and listeners.” With press interest in the first moon landing at fever pitch, reporters were hoping for a commander who could meet their preconceptions of the first person to walk on another world. Instead, they got Neil Armstrong. Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Norman Mailer, very much an outsider to the world of the space program, decided to write a book about Apollo 11 at the time of the flight. He did his best to jump into nasa’s world, and what he saw puzzled him deeply. He attended press conferences where, despite the exciting subject matter, he observed an uneasy crew and a near-bored press. He saw Armstrong as “extraordinarily remote,” with no discernible personality for the press to write anything interesting about.

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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg


A. Roger Ekirch, back-to-the-land, British Empire, California gold rush, colonial rule, Copley Medal, desegregation, Donald Trump, feminist movement, full employment, indoor plumbing, invisible hand, joint-stock company, land reform, land tenure, mass immigration, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Republic of Letters, Ronald Reagan, Scientific racism, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, theory of mind, trade route, transcontinental railway, trickle-down economics, upwardly mobile, urban renewal, War on Poverty, working poor, Works Progress Administration

Other political observers saw Carter as the “new roots” of a new South, because he was not a redneck; see James Wolcott, “Presidential Aesthetics: You’ve Seen the Movie (‘Nashville’), Now Meet the Candidate—Jimmy Carter,” Village Voice, January 19, 1976. 28. Roy Blount Jr., Crackers: This Whole Many Angled Thing of Jimmy, More Carters, Ominous Little Animals, Sad Singing Women, My Daddy and Me (New York: Knopf, 1980), 210, 221. Norman Mailer wrote about the campaign film shown at the Democratic convention that covered the parodies of Carter’s famous smile (such as Alfred E. Neuman on the cover of Mad Magazine); see Norman Mailer, “The Search for Carter,” New York Times Magazine, September 26, 1976, 20–21, 69–73, 88–90, esp. 69. And there was even an Associated Press news story on Carter’s dentist, see Fred Cormier, “That Famous Carter Grin Doesn’t Need Toothpaste,” Ocala Star-Banner, February 7, 1980. 29. On Carter’s tenacity for his roots, see John Dillin, “Jimmy Carter: Forces in His Life,” Boca Raton News, August 1, 1976 (reprinted from the Christian Science Monitor); Robert D.

What Makes Narcissists Tick by Kathleen Krajco

Albert Einstein, anti-communist, British Empire, experimental subject, Norman Mailer, risk/return © 2004 – 2007, Kathleen Krajco — all rights reserved worldwide. Meet the Narcissist: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing 189 Need I say it? He then tried to get into Cuba through Mexico but couldn't, because the Soviets wouldn't allow it for a long time, till just a few days before the assassination. He basically answered that it was too late now. He had never said word one against President Kennedy. In his book on Oswald, Norman Mailer writes: There is whole consensus that he saw JFK as, relatively speaking, a good President, and he liked him. What does Mailer conclude? Instead of questioning his assumptions in the light of this contradiction, Mailer twists logic to arrive at the conclusion that Oswald's motivation nonetheless was political. Try the obvious and likely explanation, please! Sorry. Oswald's politics were fake.

No narcissist does. They all are shallow as a puddle because they care about nothing but their image. A 15-year-old becomes a Marxist? And at 17 this Marxist joins the US Marines in 1956? Then he gets out on the excuse that he wants to go home to take care of the beloved mother he hates? But goes to the USSR instead? But comes back to the US? But tries to get into Cuba? What does Oswald have to do to show Norman Mailer that his politics are insincere? That he's a phony? That his act is just for show. All show, no substance. Yikes, some folks can be dense. And so, that's how far narcissists will go for a hit of what they're addicted to. It's a matter of © 2004 – 2007, Kathleen Krajco — all rights reserved worldwide. 190 What Makes Narcissists Tick · how desperate frustrated efforts have made them · what they think they can get away with.

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Moneyball by Michael Lewis


Cass Sunstein, high batting average, Norman Mailer, old-boy network, placebo effect, RAND corporation, Richard Thaler, systematic trading, the new new thing, the scientific method, upwardly mobile

Research scientists at big companies, university professors of physics and economics and life sciences, professional statisticians, Wall Street analysts, bored lawyers, math wizards unable to hold down regular jobs—all these people were soon mailing James their ideas, criticisms, models, and questions. His readership must have been one of the strangest group of people ever assembled under one idea. Before he found a publisher, James had four readers he considered “celebrities.” They were: Norman Mailer Baseball writer Dan Okrent William Goldman, the screenwriter (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) The guy who played “Squiggy” on the TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley James’s readers were hard to classify because he was hard to classify. The sheer quantity of brain power that hurled itself voluntarily and quixotically into the search for new baseball knowledge was either exhilarating or depressing, depending on how you felt about baseball.

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Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte


clean water, Maui Hawaii, Norman Mailer, Parkinson's law, RAND corporation, Silicon Valley, thinkpad, upwardly mobile, working poor

The US Supreme Court ruled in 1988 that the Constitution gives individuals no privacy rights over their garbage, though some state constitutions offer more stringent protection. Weberman went on to found the National Institute of Garbology, or NIG, and to defend trash trolling as a tool of psychological investigation and character delineation. When he tired of Dylan’s garbage, he dove into Neil Simon’s (he found bagel scraps, lox, whitefish, and an infestation of ants), Gloria Vanderbilt’s (a Valium bottle), Tony Perkins’s (a tiny amount of marijuana), Norman Mailer’s (betting slips), and antiwar activist Bella Abzug’s (proof of investments in companies that made weapons). Looking through trash often says more about the detective than the discarder. When city officials in Portland, Oregon, decided in 2002 that it was legal to swipe trash in an investigation of a police officer, reporters from the Willamette Week decided to dive through the refuse of local officials.

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The Internet Is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen


3D printing, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Airbnb, AltaVista, Andrew Keen, augmented reality, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, bitcoin, Black Swan, Bob Geldof, Burning Man, Cass Sunstein, citizen journalism, Clayton Christensen, clean water, cloud computing, collective bargaining, Colonization of Mars, computer age, connected car, creative destruction, cuban missile crisis, David Brooks, disintermediation, Donald Davies, Downton Abbey, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, Erik Brynjolfsson, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Filter Bubble, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Frank Gehry, Frederick Winslow Taylor, frictionless, full employment, future of work, gig economy, global village, Google bus, Google Glasses, Hacker Ethic, happiness index / gross national happiness, income inequality, index card, informal economy, information trail, Innovator's Dilemma, Internet of things, Isaac Newton, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, job automation, Joseph Schumpeter, Julian Assange, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, Kodak vs Instagram, Lean Startup, libertarian paternalism, lifelogging, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, Martin Wolf, Metcalfe’s law, move fast and break things, move fast and break things, Nate Silver, Network effects, new economy, Nicholas Carr, nonsequential writing, Norbert Wiener, Norman Mailer, Occupy movement, packet switching, PageRank, Paul Graham, peer-to-peer, peer-to-peer rental, Peter Thiel, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Potemkin village, precariat, pre–internet, RAND corporation, Ray Kurzweil, ride hailing / ride sharing, Robert Metcalfe, Second Machine Age, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Skype, smart cities, Snapchat, social web, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, TaskRabbit, Ted Nelson, telemarketer, The Future of Employment, the medium is the message, the new new thing, Thomas L Friedman, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, Uber for X, urban planning, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog, WikiLeaks, winner-take-all economy, working poor, Y Combinator

If Kodachrome was designed as an unsparingly honest window, then Instagram is its reverse, a complimentary mirror “where,” as Sarah Nicole Prickett, writing in the New York Times, observes, “the grass looks greener.”13 That’s its greatest seduction. So rather than accurately capturing the world’s moments in all their colorful complexity, Instagram—“the highest achievement in Internet voyeurism,” according to Alex Williams, and “the app built to make you covet your neighbor’s life,”14 as Prickett puts it—is actually creating what Williams, citing the title of a 1959 work by Norman Mailer, calls “Advertisements for Myself.”15 “Advertisements for Myself” have become the unavoidable medium and the message of what Sequoia Capital chairman Michael Moritz calls the personal revolution. It’s a world that, Tim Wu caustically notes, is defined by a “race” among social media users to build the most ubiquitous personal brands.16 Online narcissism is therefore, as Keith Campbell, the coauthor of the bestselling The Narcissism Epidemic, explains, a “logical outgrowth of DIY capitalism—the capitalism in which we all have our own “branding business” and we are our “own agent” and “marketing department”17 No wonder Time made “YOU” Person of the Year for 2006.

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Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies by Nick Frost


Alexander Shulgin, call centre, David Attenborough, hive mind, impulse control, job-hopping, Norman Mailer, Rubik’s Cube

I longed to sit in a chilly, carpetless garret eating a watery potato soup, itchy blanket slung across my shoulders, writing about lost love and how grim and pointless life was. Thank you, Comrade Solzhenitsyn. Copying Red’s example I trawled through the myriad junkshops and secondhand places in Edgware and Golders Green hoping to strike gold. What gold meant was a first edition hardback book. I think in all my time doing it I found three, one by Norman Mailer, one by Aldous Huxley; the third one, my prize possession at the time and more so now I’ve worked with Steven Spielberg, was the first edition novelisation of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I loved that book. Still do. I love the film and I loved the soundtrack that fifteen-year-old me used to listen to at night to frighten myself. Years later I find myself on the set of The Adventures of Tintin directed by the lovely Mr Spielberg – Uncle Steven as Simon and I take to secretly calling him – I’ve got the book with me and on the last day of the shoot he signs it!

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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City by Alan Ehrenhalt


anti-communist, big-box store, British Empire, crack epidemic, David Brooks, deindustrialization, Edward Glaeser, Frank Gehry, haute cuisine, Honoré de Balzac, housing crisis, illegal immigration, Jane Jacobs, manufacturing employment, mass immigration, McMansion, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, postindustrial economy, Richard Florida, The Chicago School, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, too big to fail, transit-oriented development, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, walkable city, white flight, working poor, young professional

There is little in the way of commercial art sales. Most of the studios are in lofts and living rooms; most of the public galleries are open only on weekends. Very few artists make significant money selling anything, conventional or unconventional, to the outside world. It is very much a self-contained community. Some of its residents occasionally describe one another as hipsters, invoking 1950s terminology that would no doubt please Norman Mailer were he around to hear them. Who are these pioneers of Bushwick? To all appearances and personal testimony, they are not all (or even mostly) artists, but twenty-first-century products of the hippest liberal arts colleges—Wesleyan and Vassar, Bard and Sarah Lawrence. They live doubled up in small lofts and crammed into larger ones that sleep as many as eight or nine people. Many of them carved out an alternative mode of life for themselves as undergraduates, and they are eager to find a place to re-create it in their postcollege years.

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Against Everything: Essays by Mark Greif


1960s counterculture, back-to-the-land, Bernie Madoff, citizen journalism, collateralized debt obligation, crack epidemic, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, deindustrialization, Desert Island Discs, Donald Trump, income inequality, informal economy, Norman Mailer, Ponzi scheme, postindustrial economy, Ronald Reagan, technoutopianism, telemarketer, trickle-down economics, upwardly mobile, white flight

Subculture has never had a problem with neologism or exploitation of slang, from emo to punk to hippie. The hipster, however, was someone else already. Specifically, he was a black subcultural figure of the late forties, best anatomized by Anatole Broyard in an essay for the Partisan Review called “A Portrait of the Hipster.” A decade later, the hipster had evolved into a white subcultural figure. This hipster—and the reference here is to Norman Mailer’s essay “The White Negro” for Dissent in 1957—was explicitly defined by the desire of a white avant-garde to disaffiliate itself from whiteness, with its stain of Eisenhower, the bomb, and the corporation, and achieve the “cool” knowledge and exoticized energy, lust, and violence of black Americans. (“Hippie” itself was originally an insulting diminutive of “hipster,” a jab at the sloppy kids who hung around North Beach or Greenwich Village after 1960 and didn’t care about jazz or poetry, only drugs and fun.)

pages: 879 words: 309,222

Nobody's Perfect: Writings From the New Yorker by Anthony Lane

a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, colonial rule, dark matter, Frank Gehry, haute cuisine, Index librorum prohibitorum, Mahatma Gandhi, Maui Hawaii, moral hazard, Norman Mailer, profit motive, Ronald Reagan, sexual politics, The Great Good Place, trade route, University of East Anglia, Upton Sinclair, urban decay, urban planning

At the press screening, where I was surrounded by movie critics, the film felt at once drab and hysterical, but the following night, when I enjoyed the company of twelve thousand maniacs—real live people, without notebooks—at Madison Square Garden, everything fell into place. The special effects started well before the movie did: as I opened the invitation, it gave out a furious roar that tailed off into an echoing, agonized moan. I listened to this for a while and seriously considered calling Random House and telling the editors to fit the same device to their new Norman Mailer anthology. Outside, in the evening sunlight, the luminaries swarmed; there were interviews with Mayor Giuliani and the Taco Bell Chihuahua. As we climbed to our seats, free popcorn was distributed in boxes that advertised Calvin Klein underwear, raising widespread fears among parents as to whether the humongous Godzilla would remain, you know, decent. As the time of the screening neared, we were counted down with booming heartbeats and were introduced to “the biggest premiere in motion-picture history” and “the heavyweight champion of the world”—a reference to the lizard, and something of a slight to Muhammad Ali, who was in the audience.

Denmark, after all, favors freedom of expression as rampantly as the other countries in Northern Europe—perhaps on the understanding that only a minority of its citizens would even dream of abusing that liberty. Legomakers everywhere have availed themselves of this opportunity. If you had to name one American, for instance, who clubbed together with a couple of friends in 1965 and spent more than three weeks building a futuristic seven-foot vertical city out of Lego, you might not immediately think of Norman Mailer. Thirty-three years later, however, the city still stands in Mailer’s living room in Brooklyn Heights, and its creator remains enthusiastic about his project. “It was very much opposed to Le Corbusier. I kept thinking of Mont-Saint-Michel,” he explains. “Each Lego brick represents an apartment. There’d be something like twelve thousand apartments. The philosophers would live at the top. The call girls would live in the white bricks, and the corporate executives would live in the black.”

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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis


airport security, McMansion, Norman Mailer, Ronald Reagan

Sonny Mehta, the head of Knopf, snapped up the rights, and even before its publication the controversy and scandal the novel achieved was enormous. I did no press because it was pointless—my voice would have been drowned out by all the indignant wailing. The book was accused of introducing serial killer chic to the nation. It was reviewed in the New York Times, three months before publication, under the headline “Don’t Buy This Book.” It was the subject of a 10,000-word essay by Norman Mailer in Vanity Fair (“the first novel in years to take on deep, dark, Dostoyevskian themes—how one wishes this writer was without talent!”). It was the object of scornful editorials, there were debates on CNN, there was a feminist boycott by the National Organization of Women and the obligatory death threats (a tour was canceled because of them). PEN and the Authors Guild refused to come to my rescue.

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Future Shock by Alvin Toffler


Albert Einstein, Brownian motion, Buckminster Fuller, cognitive dissonance, Colonization of Mars, corporate governance, East Village, global village, Haight Ashbury, information retrieval, invention of agriculture, invention of movable type, invention of writing, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, Menlo Park, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, post-industrial society, RAND corporation, the market place, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, urban renewal, Whole Earth Catalog, zero-sum game

At first I thought she regarded a man in his forties as being too old to be a hero. Soon I realized this was mistaken. What she meant was that Glenn's exploits had taken place too long ago to be of interest. (John H. Glenn's history-making flight occurred in February, 1962.) Today Glenn has receded from the foreground of public attention. In effect, his image has decayed. Twiggy, the Beatles, John Glenn, Billie Sol Estes, Bob Dylan, Jack Ruby, Norman Mailer, Eichmann, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georgi Malenkov, Jacqueline Kennedy—thousands of "personalities" parade across the stage of contemporary history. Real people, magnified and projected by the mass media, they are stored as images in the minds of millions of people who have never met them, never spoken to them, never seen them "in person." They take on a reality almost as (and sometimes even more) intense than that of many people with whom we do have "in-person" relationships.

Bootstrapping: Douglas Engelbart, Coevolution, and the Origins of Personal Computing (Writing Science) by Thierry Bardini


Apple II, augmented reality, Bill Duvall, conceptual framework, Donald Davies, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, experimental subject, Grace Hopper, hiring and firing, hypertext link, index card, information retrieval, invention of hypertext, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Rulifson, John von Neumann, knowledge worker, Leonard Kleinrock, Menlo Park, Mother of all demos, new economy, Norbert Wiener, Norman Mailer, packet switching, QWERTY keyboard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, RFC: Request For Comment, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Silicon Valley, Steve Crocker, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, stochastic process, Ted Nelson, the medium is the message, theory of mind, Turing test, unbiased observer, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog

For a generation of engineers and scientists like Douglas Engelbart, who had known the military as the means of achieving moral goals, as well as the context in which they came of age and, later, as a potential source of funding, the military aspect of the metaphor was natural enough. In light of what eventually was to come of this crusade, however, it is the quasi-religious aspect of it that is worth emphasizing. The postwar era was as much an age of seekers and self-appointed seers as it was an age of com- placency and suburban idylls, as much the age of Jack Kerouac and Norman Mailer as the age of Ozzie and Harriet, an age of rebels in search of a cause. 9 It is in this perspective that one should read Engelbart's recollections of the way he organized his thoughts on his professional future: So then I started poking around, looking at the different kinds of crusades you could get on. I soon realized that if I wanted to contrIbute in some maximum way, I'd need to provide some real driving force. . . because to just go be a soldier In somebody else's crusade is one way you can contribute, but not a way to be satIsfied that you're doing the maximum you can.

Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns


anti-communist, bank run, barriers to entry, centralized clearinghouse, collective bargaining, creative destruction, desegregation, feminist movement, financial independence, George Gilder, invisible hand, jimmy wales, John Markoff, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge worker, laissez-faire capitalism, lone genius, Menlo Park, minimum wage unemployment, Mont Pelerin Society, new economy, Norman Mailer, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, profit motive, RAND corporation, rent control, road to serfdom, Robert Bork, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, side project, Stewart Brand, The Chicago School, The Wisdom of Crowds, union organizing, urban renewal, white flight, Whole Earth Catalog

Anna Borisnova to AR, January 22, 1926, and September 22, 1926, letters 9a and 89a, Russian Family Correspondence, ARP. 30. These stories, which Rand never attempted to publish, were released by her estate in The Early Ayn Rand, ed. Leonard Peikoff (New York: Penguin, 1986). 31. Lynn Simross, “Studio Club Closes Door on Past,” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 1975, L1. 32. Journals, 38. Rand’s willingness to celebrate a criminal anticipates the work of later writers such as Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, and Cormac McCarthy, who all to some degree portray the murderer as a person of unusual strength, sensitivity, or both. A more immediate parallel for Rand would have been a book she knew well, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, a serious novel of ideas built around the psychology of a murderer. 33. Ibid., 27, 37, 36. 34. Ibid., 32. 35. Popular American understandings of the Superman are outlined in Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, “Neither Rock nor Refuge: American Encounters with Nietzsche and the Search for Foundations,” PhD diss., Brandeis University, 2003, 231. 36.

Frommer's San Diego 2011 by Mark Hiss


airport security, California gold rush, car-free, desegregation, Donald Trump, East Village, El Camino Real, glass ceiling, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, Skype, South of Market, San Francisco, sustainable-tourism, transcontinental railway, urban renewal, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm. 3063 University Ave., North Park. &  619/2961560. Bus: 2, 7, or 10. D.G.Wills Books This bookstore has tomes stacked to its wood rafters—if you’re looking for something scholarly, offbeat, or esoteric, this place is for you. Over the years this charmingly musty La Jolla treasure has hosted readings by such powerhouses as Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Allen Ginsberg, and Maureen Dowd. Open 217 12_626214-ch09.indd 21712_626214-ch09.indd 217 7/23/10 11:22 PM7/23/10 11:22 PM Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm. 7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla. & 858/456-1800. Bus: 30. Obelisk Bookstore This is San Diego’s main gay and lesbian bookstore. You’ll find just about every gay magazine there is, as well as gay-themed movies for rent.

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And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft by Mike Sacks


Albert Einstein, Columbine, Donald Trump, Exxon Valdez, fear of failure, game design, illegal immigration, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index card, Norman Mailer, out of africa, pre–internet, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, upwardly mobile

I read a short story by John O'Hara recently that has more dimension packed into its three pages than many novels. To go back to your question — in archery terms — you either hit the bull's-eye in a short story or it fails. I sometimes think there's an invisible fuse that runs through a good story and, at the end, it ignites. There is no margin for error. You can't take time out to admire the scenery, as you can with a novel. Norman Mailer called the short story “the jeweler's art,” which I think is apt. The short story is the stepchild of American literature. Publishers — and many writers — think of it as a step in the direction of a novel, not an end in itself. Sort of like saying the runner who excels in the l00-yard dash isn't much of an athlete. One last point: I think many of our acclaimed novelists do their best work with the short story: Hemingway, Irwin Shaw, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates.

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A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin


cuban missile crisis, data acquisition, gravity well, index card, Internet Archive, invention of the telephone, Isaac Newton, Norman Mailer, V2 rocket

Levine, Arnold S. Managing NASA in the Apollo Era. NASA SP-4102. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1982. Lewis, Richard S. Appointment on the Moon. New York: Ballantine, 1969. -. The Voyages of Apollo: The Exploration of the Moon. New York Times Book Company, 1974. MacKinnon, Douglas, and Joseph Baldanza. Footprints. Illustrated by Alan Bean. Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books, 1989. Mailer, Norman. Of a Fire on the Moon. Boston: Little, Brown, 1970. Masursky, Harold, G. William Colton, and Farouk El-Baz, eds. Apollo Over the Moon: A View from Orbit. NASA SP-362. 1978. Murray, Charles, and Catherine Bly Cox. Apollo: The Race to the Moon. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989. Mutch, Thomas A. Geology of the Moon: A Stratigraphic View. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1970. NASA. Report of the Apollo 204 Review Board to the Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Lonely Planet Morocco (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet, Paul Clammer, Paula Hardy


air freight, Airbnb, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, clean water, illegal immigration, Norman Mailer, place-making, Skype, spice trade, sustainable-tourism, trade route, urban planning, urban sprawl, women in the workforce, working poor, young professional

Thanks partly to Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1990 film, Bowles’ best-known book is The Sheltering Sky (1949), a bleak and powerful story of an innocent American couple slowly dismantled by a trip through Morocco. His other works include Let It Come Down (1952), a thriller set in Tangier; The Spider’s House, set in 1950s Fez; and two excellent collections of travel tales: Their Heads Are Green (1963) and Points in Time (1982). A Distant Episode: the Selected Stories is a good compilation of Bowles’ short stories. There is a dark and nihilistic undercurrent to Bowles’ writing as fellow writer Norman Mailer describes: ‘Paul Bowles opened the world of Hip. He let in the murder, the drugs, the death of the Square…the call of the orgy, the end of civilization’. Other commentators have tried to link aspects of Bowles’ life to his writing. Bowles’ autobiography Without Stopping (1972; nicknamed ‘Without Telling’) sheds little light on these matters. The official Paul Bowles website is

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State of Emergency: The Way We Were by Dominic Sandbrook

anti-communist, back-to-the-land, banking crisis, Bretton Woods, British Empire, centre right, collective bargaining, Corn Laws, David Attenborough, Doomsday Book, edge city, estate planning, Etonian, falling living standards, fear of failure, Fellow of the Royal Society, feminist movement, financial thriller, first-past-the-post, fixed income, full employment, German hyperinflation, mass immigration, moral panic, Neil Kinnock, new economy, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, North Sea oil, oil shock, Own Your Own Home, sexual politics, traveling salesman, union organizing, upwardly mobile, urban planning, Winter of Discontent, young professional

Horror films of the day, too, showed women as dangerously unstable, sexually obsessive creatures, verging on the demoniacal, like the monstrous red-coated dwarf in Don’t Look Now (1973), and a few years later Hollywood would make a speciality of punishing sexually promiscuous young girls in memorably gory ways. Even James Bond got in on the act. Few people could have been surprised when Sean Connery slapped Jill St John in Diamonds are Forever (1971), yet even the most embittered chauvinist must have winced when Roger Moore, of all people, hit Maud Adams in the face not once but twice in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).67 Perhaps mercifully, British culture had no real equivalent of Norman Mailer, the aggressively macho American novelist who transformed himself into virtually a full-time critic of women’s liberation as his literary powers waned. The nearest it came was probably the eternally disputatious Kingsley Amis, formerly a very keen lover of women (or ‘cocksman’, to use his own terminology), whose novels became increasingly acerbic in the late 1970s as his sexual potency declined and his second marriage began to crumble.