I have never read any of his works but came across him while watching a video, a quote that, for me, makes sense:
You don't know a woman until you've met her in court.
Okay, so he had some bad relationships…marriages—the sort of life crisis that changes much, maybe more than one ever considers possible, probable, problems or no problem.
How much loss and languishing love can one heart take?
But who was he, Norman?
From Wikipedia, a brief:
American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and liberal political activist. He is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, which uses the style and devices of literary fiction in fact-based journalism. In 1955, Mailer and three others founded The Village Voice, an arts- and politics-oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village….
As to life, the travels of travails, he writes:
There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.
Indeed, our lives (experiences) compel one to change whether bitter or better, the indifference aside.
On serving in the military during WWII, he writes that (of the military), “the worst experience…and the best.”
One cannot ever forget the trauma of war, as he evidently experienced, but nor can the times before or beyond, normalcy real or imagined.
More to come.