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On Norman Mailer's Passing: When the Curtain Rises

11/11/2007 12:55 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Just now, Sunday morning, I finished reading, in the New York Times, Charles McGrath's excellent review of Mailer's life -- and I choose "review" rather than obituary deliberately -- because Mailer was as much a piece of extraordinary theater as he was "towering writer." As I read McGrath's review, I felt the hush that overcomes me when the curtain rises and which I remember having experienced each time I found myself in Norman Mailer's theatrical presence. And, reading about this man, this character, himself as startling and colorful as any he'd written, I cried.

More than another death, a time has gone by.