Hitchens remembers Mailer

From Slate:

Screenhunter_01_nov_13_1034“Have you read The Naked And The Dead?” wrote George Orwell to David Astor in 1949, a few months before his death. “It’s awfully good, the best war book of the last war yet.” For those of us who have to accept, bored as we must be with the idea, membership in the postwar “boomer” generation, it is impressive to reflect on quite how many subsequent milestones bore a Mailer imprint. The Kennedy years (with a detour for Marilyn Monroe and a long excursus for the assassination), the Cuban revolution, the agony of Vietnam, the Apollo mission, and the dark shadow of Richard Nixon: All of these were chronicled or encapsulated by Mailer episodes from The Deer Park, The Armies of the Night, Miami and the Siege of Chicago, Of a Fire on the Moon, and many fine but lesser texts written either for glossy magazines or for the “alternative” papers (Dissent, the Village Voice) that he helped to found and energize.

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