Norman Mailer's work continues to be preceded by his reputation. I have two favorite secondhand memories of the notorious author, both experienced through media. One is of Mailer on "The Dick Cavett Show," fighting with the erudite Gore Vidal, in front of an exasperated Janet Flanner. (After you're done with me, go watch the clip of the ordeal, then read Cavett's account -- and transcript.)
The second was when he inexplicably appeared on "The Gilmore Girls." He padded around the sepia-toned Neverland much like a de-fanged tiger clad in an even more inexplicable velvet (or corduroy? or velour?) shirt.
I'm not sure which appearance is more bizarre, frankly.
While you mull that over, enjoy these photos of Norman Mailer's Provincetown home, which is currently up for sale for $3.9 million. Mailer used to box in the basement, play poker in the dining room and drink on the deck. Yes, he also wrote here, too, from his third-floor study.
Following Mailer's death in 2007, the home became The Norman Mailer Center, which held writing workshops and programs. Unfortunately, the organization could not come up with the funds to purchase the property by a March deadline.
What's fascinating about the home is its understated curb appeal. While the brick front is charming, it doesn't quite give you a hint of the very New England interior. Note the floral wallpaper in the bedroom, the classic red sunporch/bar area, the salt-aged deck. You can almost smell the scotch, can't you?
To see these sights and more, check out our slideshow below. And for even more photos, visit Kinlin Grover Real Estate.
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