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Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer

Mind of an Outlaw: What the first posthumous Norman Mailer book adds to his large legacy

In his 1991 Review of American Psycho included in Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays, Norman Mailer writes that Bret Easton Ellis is “a writer whose sense of style is built on the literary conviction (self-serving for many a limited talent) that there must not be one false note. In consequence, there are often not enough notes.” Even when Mailer is ostensibly writing about Ellis’s maxed-out minimalism, he is – still, always, constantly – writing about himself, his own work, and his own rep.