Mailer and Me

Pressure Drops

Mailer on the Dick Cavett Show, defending Muhammad Ali refusal to serve in Vietnam.

A couple of years before Norman Mailer died, he came to Portland for a big book event portentously marketed as WordStock. Mailer had been battling his failing body for the last few years. He inched his way across the stage on crutches and lowered his frail bones down in a big chair. Then he launched into a white-hot excoriation of the Bush administration and the complicity of the Democrats. The mind remained as lethally sharp as ever.

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Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book is An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism and Its Discontents (with Alexander Cockburn). He can be reached at: or on Twitter @JeffreyStClair3

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