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Arthur Miller.

I thought Arthur Miller was already dead. You know, I just can't keep up with these American literary icons. Next someone will be telling me Norman Mailer is still important. Though I tell you what, I didn't know that Miller was married to Marilyn Monroe at one stage.

I just trivialised his whole body of work right there, didn't I?


Feb. 12th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
So this one time back in college I'm sitting with some English majors, and we're all sad 'cause we haven't gotten any, so to speak, in years, and you know, outside Lord Byron, we can't immediately think of any writers who had amazing and astounding sex lives, and then somebody pipes up with:

"Arthur Miller."

The immediate response to this is that Arthur Miller is one of the most depressing authors around and this isn't a good moment to bring him up into the conversation.

"Yeah, but -- he married MARILYN MONROE."

Silence. Quick drinks all around. Realization that we, as potential writers, had hope.

On the other hand, I am frankly blanking on when I last read anything by Norman Mailer.
Feb. 13th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
the last thing i saw of mailer's was a retrospective of his body of work. i kind of took it as a sign that he wouldn't be putting out a whole lot more, but you can never be sure.
Feb. 13th, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)
the last thing I saw was the retrospective too, called "The Time of Our Time" or some-such-I've always wanted to read that one where he puts himself in Jesus's eyes and mind. Heard good things. Heard bad things. I'd like to ch-check it out, to quote the Beastie Boys, :-)
Feb. 13th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
what's the jesus book called?
Feb. 13th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
I believe it's called "The Gospel According to the Sun". Not sure how he frames it.
Feb. 13th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't even see the retrospective.

I'm thinking that if you are looking for someone who can tell you absolutely nothing about what Mailer is doing, you have found that someone in me.

Why you would be looking for that someone, though, is a major question.

Feb. 13th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
i dunno. i think a lot of people here don't know what mailer is doing.