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    acts of slapping girls’ bottoms or pinching in places better left unmentioned. When handed the list of book titles and authors to choose from, I immediately went for Norman Mailer. I had heard of him and some of his antics in the past and quickly decided he was the one. The author of over forty books and eleven published novels, Mailer is almost as well-known for his public activities and persona. His novel The Castle in the Forest which the sources

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    Capital Punishment in the Work of George Orwell, H.L. Mencken, and Norman Mailer      Capital punishment in the essays by George Orwell, H.L. Mencken, and Norman Mailer was a necessary evil to deter crime. These authors incorporated the use of alcohol or drugs as mind-altering chemicals to relieve the pressures of the characters involved in death due to capital punishment. Chemicals such as drugs and alcohol can be used for the pleasure of relieving stress, a means to forget, or a way to subdue

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    In the book The Executioner’s Song, we follow the life of Gary Gilmore as written by Norman Mailer. Mailer describes Gary’s childhood throughout the book as a very rough living, followed by Gary finding himself practically living his adult life in a series of institutions for bad behavior ( mostly burglary). During the course of his young adult life, Gary’s cousin, Brenda, and he had been writing letters back and forth, and eventually Gary is taken for parole in by his cousin’s parents. Quickly

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    Norman Mailer’s 1957 essay, titled “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster”, traces the lineage of conformity (and, as a result, nonconformity) in American society post World War II, as well as the counter-cultural reaction of the time, the “white negro”. Considered a cultural phenomenon, these “white negros”, or “hipsters”, as Mailer deems them, distanced themselves from white culture, and adopted black styles of clothing, language, and music. However, this phenomenon seemed to

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    being spoken of can be looked at as art as well as fact (Sharlett). In the mid 1960’s, a nonfiction novel journey began, beginning with the narrative journalistic qualities of Truman Capote, continuing with the story telling of such authors as Norman Mailer, and then continues to stay constant throughout present day literature with works like Katherine Boo’s display of immersion journalism. Truman Capote is said to have invented this new genre in 1966 with, what some call his finest work, the book

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    While the surface of Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead centers around World War II, its focus is on “the conflict…between the mechanistic forces of the ‘system’ and the will to individual integrity” (Waldron 273). The ultimate domination by the ‘machine’ makes for a very depressing, hopeless novel. Mailer explores this conflict mainly in the interactions between General Cummings and Lieutenant Hearn, and although less extensively through their lower ranked counterparts, Sergeant Croft and

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    ceiling, Gary gulps down fear and pronounces, "Let's do it." A reading from the Bible follows, thus leading to the execution. The movie end with an epilogue describing the future of each character, with Defying Gravity, playing in the background. MAILER VS. SCHILLER - DIFFERENCES IN THE BOOK AND MOVIE Throughout the movie, Gilmore is clean-shaven. But in the novel, Gilmore alternates between stubble, a Vandyke beard and clean-shaven look. While Gilmore's eyes have been decribed as blue in the novel

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    WHAT LED TO THE COLLAPSE OF CONSENSUS? The 1950’s and early 1960’s was a time of consensus in the US. By the middle of the 60’s the US experienced a series of shocks which undermined consensus. The assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. The differences in the civil rights movement. The escalation of the Vietnam War. All of these factors undermined American confidence to change the world and improve the country. By the late 60’s, US society was polarised: divided between different

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    James Baldwin, "Notes of a Native Son" (originally appeared in Harper’s, 1955) “I had never thought of myself as an essayist,” wrote James Baldwin, who was finishing his novel Giovanni’s Room while he worked on what would become one of the great American essays. Against a violent historical background, Baldwin recalls his deeply troubled relationship with his father and explores his growing awareness of himself as a black American. Some today may question the relevance of the essay in our brave

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    Truman Capote’s Anonymity Essay

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    In an interview with Truman Capote, George Plimpton asks if In Cold Blood is truly an accurate portrayal of the Clutter family’s murder, “One doesn’t spend almost six years on a book, the point of which is factual accuracy, and then give way to minor distortions” (Plimpton). Capote claims he only uses factual information in his story, completely removes himself from the novel, and has created a new genre of literature by combining reportage journalism with fiction techniques. However, literary critics

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