Manly Trad

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This morning comment-leaver “SE” pointed out on our last post that Norman Mailer was a pretty trad dresser. Even more so than JFK, the subject of his 1960 Esquire article. Behold the embodiment of “manly trad.” — CC

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10 Comments on "Manly Trad"

  1. Let us not forget Mailer was a Harvardian member of the Signet Society several doors beyond J.Press.

  2. Great writer, brute and bully. No photos of him in t-shirts or safari shirts? Not hard to find.

  3. Always enjoyed his cheesy fake Irish accent as a counterpoint to Buckley’s cheesy fake English accent!

  4. He always looked and dressed like shit.

  5. An Ivy hairstyle could have partially compensated for his headshape/face.

  6. Bags' Groove | December 18, 2014 at 3:41 am |

    Had some interesting wives though. I once met #5, Carol Stevens, an extraordinarily nice lady, in Lenox, MA. A one time jazz singer, she’d even sung with the MJQ at nearby Music Inn. Topically, my “MJQ at Music Inn” vol 1 album will soon be aired once more, for a consummate “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

  7. Mailer’s fake-Irish accent was not cheesy. He used it while wearing three-piece suits when he wanted to give off a Yeats/Behan air, or when he was drunk and wanted to sound like Victor McLaglen. Mostly he sounded like Brooklyn. Buckley’s accent did not mimic the English. No Englishman talks like that, unless he is on Nembutal or just had his teeth kicked in. Buckley just wanted to talk in a way that would piss people off. He succeeded and made a lot of money doing it.

  8. First, let the record show that I am not the “Robert” who blogged that Norman Mailer dressed like shit.

    When I was in college in the 60’s, Mailer spoke to our student body. He read from an article he had written for Esquire that described the death of a prize fighter. It was riveting. After his talk, some of us were invited to attend a small group discussion with him (About 12 to 15 students who had writing aspirations.) Mailer came storming into the classroom, grabbed a chair and set it on a desk. Then he hopped up on the table, sat in the chair with its back facing him and began to hold court. He was smart, witty, engaging, and a force majeure for we ungrads. Think Robin Williams in the scene from Dead Poet’s Society.

  9. Prior post — last line should be “for we undergrads.”

  10. Howdy, “Robert”. Correct English requires “for us undergrads”.

    You’re welcome.

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