This week we are sharing, in celebration of 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s 75th anniversary, five new installments—one per day—of our 75 at 75 project, which features recordings from the Poetry Center’s archive and personal responses by contemporary authors. Today it’s J. Michael Lennon on a recording of Norman Mailer from 1998; topics included Hillary Clinton and Jesus.
[Mailer] felt differently about Hillary and once said that she was the smartest woman he had ever met. He admired her defense of her man and the “vast and huge desire for power on her brow.” Mailer predicted that she would be elected president in 2004 or 2008 and would become a “legend in America.” Just before he died in 2007, Mailer sent both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaign contributions.
Lennon will be at 92Y this Sunday for a conversation with Colum McCann about his new biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life.