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Re: Norman Mailer

By on 11.12.07 | 6:13PM

Larry, Jim is probably too self-effacing to take credit, but on Saturday evening last he did post a brief item on Mailer's death, linking to Mailer friend Taki's lovely tribute. That same day, I was quite taken by this comment, posted on the New York Times website, from none other (fittingly enough) than a former daughter-in-law, especially this: "I never forgot his kindness, his compliments about my contribution to the family for just being myself, his wonderful self-invented breakfasts for one, his wonderful smile and non-critical nature...." The few times I saw he was exactly that way, immensely likable and warm and totally oblivious to his immense writing talent and how much of it got squandered.

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