The Naked Novelist and the Dead Reputation

This is, of course, the sick vicarious violence of the repressed Square, as against the thrilling murderous spasm of the fully alive Hipster. Mailer had probably not met an average good Christian American in years, but that does not stop him from professing to peer deep into the poor slob’s heart of darkness. The ludicrous analysis comes no closer than his previous efforts to an understanding of the war. Why were we in Vietnam? Like his innumerable admirers, Mailer hadn’t a clue.

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