It is with profound sadness I report that literary genius, Norman Mailer, has died; he was 84.
Mailer at his best was really beyond comparison. Some found him too controversial but to me, he was a complex man who examined tough issues, did not look for easy answers, and went where his mind, heart, and soul took him. Like the rest of us, he had demons to exorcise.
Some of my favorites of his were "Tough Guys Don't Dance" and "Executioner's Song" which focused on the Gary Gilmore execution, perhaps one of most media-intensive of this nation's sad love affair with capitol punishment.
Definitely a one of a kind, I know I will miss him greatly.
Thank you and good night, Mr. Mailer.