Mailer Memorial at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday (4/9) at 4pm, the late Norman Mailer will be remembered at Carnegie Hall. PBS personality Charlie Rose will host the event, which is free to the public. Tickets will be made available beginning at 11am Wednesday morning at the Carnegie Hall box office. The author, who lived in Brooklyn Heights, died last year at the age of 84.

Norman Mailer Society: Charlie Rose will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and among the speakers will be Joan Didion, William Kennedy, Lonnie Ali, Don DeLillo, Tina Brown, and Sean Penn. All nine of Mailer’s children as well as his wife of 33 years, Norris Church Mailer, his sister Barbara Wasserman, his cousin, Sam Radin, and his nephew, Peter Alson, will participate. Several members of The Norman Mailer Society Board, including Congressman Neil Abercrombie, Ivan Fisher, J. Michael Lennon and Lawrence Schiller will also speak at the memorial. In addition, several visual presentations, produced by Michael Chaiken and Lawrence Schiller, will be shown, and there will also be musical presentations by singers Sasha Lazard and Norris Church Mailer, and trombonist, Peter McEachern.

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  • Billy Reno

    They should erect a 20 foot statue of him stabbing Adele whilst eating a
    mu shu roll from Fortune House. It would look sweet at the end of the

  • Robert K

    Mailer was self-promoting and cranky, Lord knows; but he could occasionally write like an angel. In “Of a Fire on the Moon,” not one of his better known works, he describes the launch of an Apollo rocket–twice. The first description is a report of Mailer’s experience in watching the blastoff. When you read it, you can’t imagine his improving on it. Then he describes the launch in technical terms, and the passage is even more thrilling. He could occasionally dazzle you that way. His short work “On the Steps of the Pentagon” describes a non-event, really; but again he makes literary gold of it. He could write badly, and he could say foolish things; but he gave us enough great prose to deserve a place in American history. And he certainly wasn’t lazy: he wrote a huge amount of material. I won’t miss his blundering and bluster and nutty politics, but I’ll miss his muse-blessed writing.