Books: The Impish Iconoclast at 60

Norman Mailer looks forward to a novel of old evenings

The window of the Brooklyn Heights apartment offers a panoramic view of New York harbor, lower Manhattan and three of the best-known landmarks in the world: the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. It is possible to turn 180 degrees from this spectacle and observe a fourth famous monument, the apartment's owner. Like many first glimpses of the familiar, this one offers a few surprises. At 5 ft. 8 in., Norman Mailer is a bit shorter than those who have...

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