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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Mailer's "Brooklyn comes out"

The 82-year old Norman Mailer is peeved at The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani:

"She is a one-woman kamikaze. She disdains white male writers, and I am her number one favourite target. She trashes it just to hurt sales and embarrass the author. But the Times editors can't fire her. They're terrified of her.

"With discrimination rules and such, well, she's a threefer: Asiatic, feminist and, ah, what's the third? Well. Let's just call her a twofer."

Despite allegations that all he's trying to do is get someone else at the paper to review his books, he says: "And what [is the Times] gonna do? Come and shoot me? That's when my Brooklyn comes out, 'Hey, mother******, whatcha gonna do? Make a martyr outta me?' "

Ooh, how macho. Still, one supposes this is pretty mild stuff for a man who, as Maud Newton reminds us, "stabbed one of his wives in the chest with a pair of scissors, used to believe that all women should be locked in cages; since then he's backtracked slightly."

4 Comments:

  • very macho. not to mention bloody racist.

    By Blogger Kafka on the Shore, at 8:44 AM  

  • She disdains white male writers

    while he disdains everyone who's not white, not male, not a writer.

    the NYT shd actually give his book to someone else, anyone else: even an intern could trash his book well enough. WTF, it doesn't need a michiko.

    By Blogger uma, at 9:37 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:17 PM  

  • One thing that surprises me is that nobody has brought up the fact
    that Mailer is himself Jewish, and as a Jew, he should know about
    prejudice and bias and discrimination. Why has the media politely left
    this part of the story out? Mailer, a Jewish-American writer, raps
    Kakutani, a Japanese-American critic (she was born in the USA, too,
    her mom was born here too. Her Dad came from Tokyo) by calling her
    "Asiatic" and a one-woman kamikaze" [WWI suicide pilot from Japan]!!!
    That is so terribly racist on Mailer's part, why has no one spoken of
    this in the media? Jewish Mailer should know better! It wasn't so long
    ago, back in the day, when people spoke of Jewish critics as
    "_________" and "__________" and "_________________." Right? So
    shouldn't sweet Norman understand this and humbly apologize, even at
    age 82, and say: "sorry for using ethnic and racial epithets, Michiko,
    I was wrong."

    Imagine if some critic referred to Mailer as a ''token kike'', or a
    ''Hymietown two-bit Shylock novelist''? People would be incensed.

    We should be incensed over what the old man said about Ms Kakutani,
    too. Wrong is wrong.

    Come on, Norman, own up!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:17 PM  

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