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WATCH: Norman Mailer's Son On His Father As Critic

Posted 06.12.2013 | Books

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...

Boston Phoenix Falls, Smaller Alt-Weeklies Survive

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Media
Michael Sigman

The abrupt closing last week of the 47-year-old Boston Phoenix was a shock to the alternative weekly ecosystem. It also underscored the divide between struggling big city papers and more viable smaller-market ones.

Anticipating a Big Week for Zero Dark Thirty

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At a luncheon at "21" early last December, Jessica Chastain was relieved. Not because her new film Zero Dark Thirty was chosen as Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review, but because her secret could now be known.

Iconic Whaling Bar in La Jolla to Close

Mary Duncan | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts
Mary Duncan

Where do we go from here? Time will tell if a modern French styled bistro will fill the void left by the absence of deep wooden walls, whaling murals and worn red leather booths where many famous "bottoms" sat.

Search for the Real -- Roma

James Franco | Posted 01.21.2013 | Entertainment
James Franco

My NYU grad students and I presented our collaborative film Tar at the Rome Film Festival. What they accomplished is fairly unprecedented and hasn't been done by any group of students at any film school. At least as far as I know, and I teach at a bunch of them.

Book Review: Rod: The Autobiography

Carole Mallory | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
Carole Mallory

Grandfather Rod Stewart, the rocker, happy at last.

Buy Books by the Foot

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 12.21.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

If you're an intellectual, you need a substantial book collection, preferably at a cost that will leave you with a few extra dollars for food. Here's how to build one.

What the Vidal/Mailer Feud Taught Us: When In Doubt, Laugh

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

He was neither the first nor last intellectual jailed for heretical writings, and in some respects he proved lucky: Governments and other powers have a longstanding habit of killing thinkers whose ideas threaten the status quo.

Gore Vidal (1925-2012): He Did It His Way (And Loved Every Minute)

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.01.2012 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Vidal had no self-doubt. He used his legendary intellect in the service of opinions that drew blood. Feuds thrilled him. And he never lost the swagger that comes from knowing that -- at least in his youth -- he was a stunner. Want a guided tour?

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.

Remembering Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut in Conversation

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.11.2012 | Books
Carole Mallory

Reading Susan Braudy's vivid remembrance of Joe Heller made me recall the time I had the opportunity to interview him in conversation with Kurt Vonnegut. Just how did I get this dynamic duo together for a chat with a tape recorder by my side?

Hard Print: John Barth on Fistfights, Riots and Shadow Boxing With Norman Mailer

John Hood | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
John Hood

Star-studded seminars aren't the only things Barth fondly recalls, nor are they even the most violent, playfully or otherwise. In fact, an episode at SUNY/Buffalo almost got our man mauled not by a literary lion -- but by the authorities.

PHOTOS: Legal Fight Over Norman Mailer's Apartment

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 12.19.2011 | New York

Norman Mailer's famed renovations to his Brooklyn Heights apartment are now the source of a legal complaint for new owner Wes Golby. According to ...

What Joan Rivers and Marcel Proust Doodled on Their Mail

Elana Estrin | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home
Elana Estrin

Correspondence can speak volumes about the letter-writer. From idiosyncratic letterheads to sketches, stamps, cartoons and multiple-choice form letters, what do a letter's illustrations reveal?

How to Become the 51st State

Leon Friedman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Leon Friedman

Some southern California counties have begun an effort to break off from the rest of California and form a 51st state. How difficult will it be for this group to take such a step?

10 True Crime Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

Peter Manso | Posted 09.04.2011 | Books
Peter Manso

What is there to say about true-crime books? They're fun. They can be intellectually compelling, and, like the fictional variety from Hammett, Cain and that crowd, they're more often than not rooted in the far side of respectability or polite society.

A Sour Note at Carnegie Hall Few Heard, Coming From Above

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The Carnegie Studios made it possible for artists to live as true bohemians: to enjoy the freedom of being deliciously different and quirky. I suppose it was simply too good to last.

The Terrible Secret of Women's Memoirs: Kill the Cookie

Susie Bright | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books
Susie Bright

How does a woman, an American woman born in mid-century, write a memoir? The chutzpah and femmechismo needed to undertake the project go against the apron.

A Peek Inside Famous Writers’ Homes

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.05.2011 | Books

Last month, The New York Times ran a slideshow of Norman Mailer's Brooklyn Heights apartment, which will be up for sale shortly. This got us thinking ...

Norman Mailer's Possessions Could Be Yours

Posted 06.26.2011 | New York

Norman Mailer accumulated quite a few worldly objects during his 84 years of life. His possessions clutter his former Brooklyn Heights home, which ...

LOOK: Norman Mailer's Brooklyn Heights 'Jungle Gym At Sea' Now For Sale

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.15.2011 | New York

Norman Mailer's old apartment in Brooklyn Heights is now on sale, reports The New York Times. The "combative, controversial and often outspoken no...

Which Famous Authors Have (Or Had) The Hottest Spouse? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Artists obviously appreciate aesthetics, and it appears writers do as well. All of the following authors, from Norman Mailer to Salman Rushdie, have (...

Norman Mailer: The American

Joseph Mantegna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joseph Mantegna

I met Norman Mailer years ago in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at a small barbecue outside my friend's home. Over a feast of ribs and baked beans is not how I envisioned meeting this American icon.

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

Literary Fisticuffs! Flying Fists And Zinging Words: Nobody Fights Like An Angry Writer (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stereotypically, artists are stormy, temperamental, and moody. These literary figures feed the stereotype with their classic feuds. We asked readers...