My favorite moments are the girls preparing for the dance, particularly selecting their gowns in a local bridal boutique. The fashion moment plays with our standards of beauty and self-image.
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In his 2003 novel Yellow Dog, Martin Amis analyzes the style choices of young people. "The secret purpose of fashion on the street," he writes, "is to thwart the lust of your elders."
Norman Mailer's son John Buffalo Mailer, an author in his own right, stopped by HuffPost Live recently to reveal what a tough critic his father had be...
"Color faded from the world for me the moment I heard [my dad] was really gone," recalls John Buffalo Mailer, the youngest son of Norman Mailer.
The whole city seemed like a walking party to our eighteen year old sensibilities. It did not take me more than a couple of days to realize that New Orleans held for me the best of original American culture.
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