Time of Our Time

ISBN-10: 0375754911
ISBN-13: 9780375754913
Edition: N/A
Authors: Norman Mailer
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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Norman Mailer'sThe Time of Our Timeis a giant retrospective, a rich, boisterous portrait of our times seen through the fiction and reportage of one of America's greatest writers. Mailer selected and edited the contents of this work to create an ongoing narrative of events large and small that have shaped America over the last fifty years.  Included are passages from The Naked and the Dead, The Deer Park, An American Dream, The Armies of the Night, The Executioner's Song, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost as well as portraits of Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Truman Capote, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Lee Harvey Oswald, Madonna, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Richard Nixon as they appeared in some of his best magazine pieces.  How readable is the result!  It is as if one is being drawn into a fabulous novel with extraordinary characters, real and fictional, who appear and reappear through the years until a vast mural of America as a nation comes into focus, full of follies and blunders, surprisingly elegant and often crazy--tragic in its losses and large in its triumphs. On display here are Mailer's enormous energies, his vast curiosity, and his powers of delineation.  Here too are his errors of judgment and deed, both personal and literary.  As a writer, Mailer eschews all limits.  He goes at the world like a tiger.  What will surprise many readers ofThe Time of Our Timeis what a shrewd and stylish tiger he has been.

Norman Kingsley Mailer was born on January 31, 1923 in Long Branch, N. J. and then moved with his family to Brooklyn, N. Y. Mailer later attended Harvard University and graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering. Mailer served in the Army during World War II, and later wrote, directed, and acted in motion pictures. He was also a co-founder of the Village Voice and edited Disssent for nine years. Mailer has written several books including: The Armies of the Night, which won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Polk Award; and The Executioner's Song, which won the Pulitzer Prize. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. He published his last novel, The Castle in the Forest, in 2007. He died of acute renal failure on November 10, 2007.

Foreword
Acknowledgments and Appreciations
Prelude - Ip. 3
Boxing with Hemingwayp. 3
Prelude - IIp. 5
Our Man at Harvardp. 5
The Second World War - Ip. 9
The Attack Across the Riverp. 9
The Second World War - IIp. 33
The Four Dead Germansp. 33
The Second World War - IIIp. 39
The Death of Mary Gallagherp. 39
Aftermathp. 48
Portrait - Ip. 50
Dorothy Parkerp. 50
The Second Novelp. 54
Preface to Barbary Shorep. 54
Excerpts from Barbary Shorep. 55
The Cold War - Ip. 61
Lunch at 21p. 61
The Cold War - IIp. 82
The Man Who Studied Yogap. 82
The Cold War - IIIp. 109
The Face of the Rockp. 109
Hollywood - Ip. 131
Herman Teppis at the Laguna Roomp. 131
Getting to Know You - Ip. 175
Miking Itp. 175
Getting to Know You - IIp. 177
Homage to El Locop. 177
The Cold War - IVp. 194
Imbibing Thursdaysp. 194
More Than a Bit of Violence in Mep. 207
Literary Pain and Shamep. 207
Quickly: A Column for Slow Readersp. 209
The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipsterp. 211
Uruguay - Ip. 231
The Car Windows Were Cloudedp. 231
Uruguay - IIp. 239
A Course in Counterespionagep. 239
Getting to Know you - IIIp. 282
Night Beatp. 282
Portrait - IIp. 287
Truman Capotep. 287
A State of Mind as Declared in 1959p. 294
The Shits Are Killing Usp. 294
Hip, Hell, and the Navigatorp. 295
Hollywood - IIp. 300
The Jewish Princessp. 300
The Time of Her Timep. 318
Convention Timep. 343
Modene - Ip. 343
Superman Comes to the Supermarket - Ip. 345
Modene - IIp. 357
Superman Comes to the Supermarket - IIp. 361
First Lady in Waitingp. 367
Superman Comes to the Supermarket - IIIp. 374
Modene - IIIp. 376
The Shadow of the Crimep. 384
A Word from the Authorp. 384
An Open Letter to Fidel Castrop. 385
Cubap. 394
Washington - I: Preparing for the Bay of Pigsp. 394
Washington - II: Until Just Before the Bay of Pigsp. 396
Miami - I: The Day After the Bay of Pigsp. 400
Washington - III: Keeping Up with Modenep. 403
Miami - II: Artime and Castrop. 409
Miami - III: Poisoning Castrop. 418
New York - I: Whom?p. 424
Hollywood - IIIp. 426
Marilyn and Arthur Millerp. 426
Found Objects - Ip. 446
A Mighty Motherp. 446
Found Objects - IIp. 451
Oswald and Marina in Minskp. 451
10,000 Words a Minutep. 456
Journalistsp. 456
The Mafiap. 463
The Death of Benny Paretp. 464
Kennedy, Castro, and Oswaldp. 470
The Six Time Zones Between Dallas and Parisp. 470
Fort Worth to Dallasp. 475
A High-Powered Riflep. 477
A Visit to Lubyankap. 480
Terribly Bad Charactersp. 484
A Hero to Himselfp. 488
The Widow's Elegyp. 492
The Third Widowp. 495
An American Dreamp. 498
Conservatism and Liberalismp. 529
A Debate with William Buckleyp. 529
My Hope for America: A Review of a book by Lyndon B. Johnsonp. 540
Excerpt from a Speech at Berkeley on Vietnam Dayp. 545
A Happy Solution to Vietnamp. 552
Why Are We in Vietnam?p. 557
On the Art of the Absurdp. 584
Metaphor Versus Sciencep. 584
The Armies of the Nightp. 589
The Liberal Partyp. 590
Toward a Theater of Ideasp. 602
A Transfer of Powerp. 615
The Marshal and the Nazip. 624
Miami and the Siege of Chicagop. 631
Bobby Kennedyp. 631
Gene McCarthy in Cambridgep. 636
Miami Beach, August 2-8p. 639
Chicago, August 24-29p. 660
Propertyp. 667
A Massacre on Michigan Boulevardp. 686
Convention's Endp. 696
Of a Fire on the Moonp. 704
The Psychology of Astronautsp. 704
Wernher Von Braunp. 719
Red and Molliep. 729
Lift-offp. 734
The Greatest Weekp. 740
A Dream of the Future's Facep. 761
Women's Liberationp. 773
The Raging Affair: Kate Millett and Henry Millerp. 773
Millett and D. H. Lawrencep. 790
Brooding over Abortionp. 805
Togethernessp. 809
The Cavett Show with Gore Vidal and Janet Flannerp. 810
Four More Yearsp. 828
St. Georgep. 828
Candidate Emeritusp. 832
A Visit to Dr. Kissingerp. 836
Pat Nixonp. 843
Nixon Comes to Miamip. 846
Watergatep. 851
Into the Credibility Gapp. 851
Interview with Ehrlichmanp. 854
A Harlot High and Lowp. 866
Nixon's Fallp. 877
The Faith of Graffitip. 880
The Fightp. 903
Bantu Philosophyp. 903
King of the Flunkiesp. 908
The Runp. 913
The Impresariop. 921
The Dressing Roomp. 925
Right Hand Leadsp. 929
The Man in the Riggingp. 936
A Long Collapsing Two Secondsp. 942
Portrait - IIIp. 948
Christ, Satan, and the Presidential Candidatep. 948
The Executioner's Songp. 960
Brenda, Johnny, and Garyp. 960
Gary and Nicolep. 971
The Gunsp. 991
Back in Jailp. 996
Gilmore and Gibbsp. 1015
The Embalmingp. 1024
Amateurs - Ip. 1030
Excerpts from Tough Guys Don't Dancep. 1030
Amateurs - IIp. 1045
The Best Move Lies Close to the Worstp. 1045
Huckleberry Finn - Alive At 100p. 1053
A Folly Repeatedp. 1059
A Speech on Salman Rushdiep. 1059
The Best of Abbie Hoffmanp. 1063
Children of the Pied Piperp. 1065
A Review of American Psychop. 1065
Creationism Revisitedp. 1078
How the Wimp Won the Warp. 1080
By Heaven Inspiredp. 1092
Portrait - IVp. 1114
Madonnap. 1114
Portrait - V: Clinton and Dolep. 1136
The War of the Oxymoronsp. 1136
How the Pharaoh Beat Bogeyp. 1151
The Battle of Kadeshp. 1175
Nefertiri and Menenhetetp. 1215
In Preface to the Gospel - Ip. 1223
An Interview on Existentialism and Karmap. 1223
In Preface to the Gospel - IIp. 1228
A Jewish Limb on the Judeo-Christian Ethic: Miraclesp. 1228
In Preface to the Gospel - IIIp. 1237
The Communication of Christp. 1237
The Gospel According to the Sonp. 1240
John the Baptist and the Devilp. 1240
Faith and Lack of Faithp. 1253
Judasp. 1254
An Entrance into Jerusalemp. 1256
A Dialogue with a Scribep. 1261
Mary Magdalenep. 1264
A Resurrectionp. 1268
After Death Comes Limbop. 1272
The Harbors of the Moonp. 1277
Appendixp. 1279
Rounding Sexgatep. 1280
A Man Half Fullp. 1285
Sources and Permission Creditsp. 1301
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

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