Monday, March 2, 2009

Goodbye Norman Mailer

By Nui Kahuna

When I woke up Saturday morning and opened up the computer the first thing I saw was that Norman Mailer had died at 84. I closed the computer, and didn't open it again until the next day. Norman Mailer was a hero of mine, and a lot of my heroes are starting to leave.

Norman and I didn't agree on many issues, but I think that still doesn't matter. He was one of those rare people who aren't afraid to write on what they want to write. He was fearless.

I spent part of Saturday trying to remember when I first heard the name, and when I read my first Mailer book. The book was "The Naked and theDead," written in 1948. I'm fairly certain I read it in 1969, when I was 16 or so.

From then on, I read almost everything he wrote, and if he was going to be on TV, I always watched. He never failed to be interesting, and to have an idea, something most people who write and are ontelevision never have.

I'm pretty sure that I had last seen him on Charlie Rose, and a show that I can't remember at this point. He had a small hearing problem, but he had high spirits. It so saddening that his appearance was just too short.

I forgave his politics a long time ago. The difference between Norman and many other liberals was that he really believed in his ideas. He was just as likely to call a Democrat on the carpet as a Republican.

There were also instances when Mailer was savaged by the New York publications and critics. But he didn't care two hoots in hell. They just kept writing and speaking against him.

I enjoyed Norman Mailer's last masterpiece entitled The Castle in the Forest, it was even rumoured that he was planning to work on a trilogy on Hitler.

I could still remember the moment when Norman was about to appear in Charlie Rose. I admit that I was really excited to see him again.

The very day he died it was when I felt a heavy disappointment. There would be no trilogy, another hero long gone.

By Sunday, I got better. Norman Mailer was one of those few people that would defend the right to protect yourself. He had known enough about the idiot people in his chosen party. I guess he couldn't build up any respect for any of them. Norman Mailer knew all along that they had no courage to fight at all.

Because he could write fearlessly, they couldn't

He was a real man and a brave man. He was Norman Mailer, one of the very few.

Heaven is probably a better place than it ever was before. With Norman Mailer around, dialogue would even become even better.

So, I guess, if God needs somebody to keep Him on his toes, Norman Mailer would be up for the job. - 16651

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