Miami and the Siege of Chicago

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Miami and the Siege of Chicago
  • Norman Mailer
  • English
  • 14 December 2018
  • 0917657853

About the Author: Norman Mailer

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Miami and the Siege of Chicago I Am A Left Conservative That Was Norman Mailer S Jaunty But Slightly Defensive Self Description When 1st I Met Him At The Beginning Of The 80s At The Time, I Was Inclined To Attribute This Glibness To The Triumph Of Middle Age To The Compromises Perhaps Necessary To Negotiate The Then New Ascendancy Of Reagan But, Looking Back Over This Extraordinary Journal Of A Plague Year, Written 40 Years Ago, I Suddenly Appreciate That Mailer In 1968 Had Already Been Rehearsing For Some Kind Of Ideological Synthesis, Discovering It In The Most Improbable Of Places Party Conventions Have Been Such Dull Spectacles Of Stage Management For So Long That This Year I Happen To Be Writing On The Day After The Closing Democratic Primaries It Has Been Considered Nothing Less Than Shocking That Delegates Might Arrive In Denver In August With Any Than Ceremonial Or Coronational Duties Ahead Of Them The Coverage Of Such Media Events, Now Almost Wholly Annexed By The Cameras Those Who Serve Them, Has Undergone A Similar Declension Into Insipidity Mailer Could See This Coming Having Left The Republican Gathering In Miami Slightly Too Early He Realized He Had Missed The Most Exciting Night Of The Convention, At Least On The Floor, Was Able To Console Himself Only With The Sad Knowledge That He Could Cover It Better On Tv Than If He Had Been There This Wasn T Quite True Yet What We Have Here Is The Last Of The Great Political Convention Essayists, The Close Of A Tradition That Crested With H.L Mencken Was Caught So Deftly In Gore Vidal S Play The Best Man You Will Note The Way In Which Mailer Decided To Write About Himself In The 3rd Person, Using For A Title The Name The Reporter This Isn T Invariably A Good Idea But It Generally Works In This Instance, Even When He Muses, Of Himself, That The Democratic Convention In 1960 In Los Angeles Which Nominated John F Kennedy, The Republican In San Francisco In 1964 Which Installed Barry Goldwater, Had Encouraged Some Of His Very Best Writing They Venerated Nixon For His Service To Eisenhower, His Comeback Now It Was His Comeback Which Had Made Him A Hero In Their Eyes, For America Is The Land Which Worships The Great Comeback, So He Was Tricky Dick To Them No , But The Finest Gentleman In The Land They Were Proud To Say Hello Pauline Kael Was Later To Make Herself A Laughing Stock By Exclaiming In Astonishment That She Didn T Know Anybody Who Had Voted For Nixon Mailer Was Determined To Avoid This Mistake In Advance, Confessing His Own Ignorance Admitting That In A Large Miami Ballroom Filled With Delegates, There Were Not 10 People He Recognized The Only Other Person Of Liberal Radical Temper Who Tried To Avoid Condescending To Nixon To Nixonism Was That Other Master Of Convention Floor Prose, The Late Murray Kempton It Was From Kempton Himself That Mailer Annexed What Eventually Became The Running Theme Essential Insight Of His Attendance At Both Events Politics Is Property A Delegate S Vote Is His Holding He Will Give It Up Without Return No Than A Man Will Sign Over His House Entire To A Worthy Cause More Self Evident, Perhaps, Among The Chamber Of Commerce Types In Miami Nelson Rockefeller With His Catfish Mouth , This Extended Metaphor Worked Particularly Well And Mailer Did His Level Best To Extend It In The Gaunt, Unsentimental World Of Chicago Stock Yard Ward Heeling That Rugged Inland Coast On Which The Waves Of 60s Idealism Broke In Vain It Wasn T To Be New Phalanxes Of Order That Were Conjured It Was The Bitter Old Phalanx Of The Daley Machine The Chicago PD Of Necessity, The Illinois Chapter Was Much Longer Intense Than The Florida One, But Before We Shift The Scene It Is Worth Saluting Mailer 1st For Seeing Clearly That Nixon Would Be The One 2nd For Guessing That Ronald Reagan Might Well Be The Next One His Method In The 2nd Case Was Equally Intuitive He Noticed The Clever Rebound From The Goldwater Defeat While Also Understanding The Purely Showbiz Aspect Could That Gifted But Gruesome Twosome Of Burroughs Genet Help To Explain Mailer S Recurrence To The Threat Of Nihilism He Hated The War The Police And Had Contempt For The Mobbed Up Big Mayors Union Men Who Constituted The Muscle Of The Democrats But He Found Eugene McCarthy Brittle Dislikeable, McCarthy Supporters Addicted To Defeat Then There Was This He Liked His Life He Wanted It To Go On, Which Meant That He Wanted America To Go On Not As It Was Going, Not Vietnam But What Price Was He Really Willing To Pay Mailer Here Was Being Plaintive But Honest, As In The Case Of The Above Account Of His Lincoln Park Funk It Was Becoming Another Of Those Moments Where The Best Lacked All Conviction While The Worstwell, We Know How That Goes Incidentally, One Can T Be Too Careful About Making Familiar Poetic Citations Mailer Quotes Edward Kennedy As Saying Of Bobby S Supporters That They Had Followed Him, Honored Him, Lived In His Mild Magnificent Eye, One Suddenly Realizes That He Thinks He Is Quoting Teddy Himself Rather Than Robert Browning S Famous Lines From The Lost Leader As Joan Didion Once Observed, There Are Those Who Say No Man Is An Island Who Firmly Believe That They Are Echoing Ernest Hemingway Our Democratic Primaries Are Run The Way They Are Now Mainly Because Of The Way They Were Run Then Mailer Dryly Watched The Roll Call In Chicago Noted That The State Which Put Hubert Humphrey Over The Top Pennsylvania Was The One Where McCarthy Had Received 90% Of The Primary Votes To Touch On Another Comparison With Today S Politics, Mailer Also Noticed In Miami That Nixon Had Won The Nomination In Such A Way As To Also Win The Election In Other Words Without Splitting Or Embittering His Party These Similar Reflections Are Of Interest Value In A Year Where The Democratic Nominee Is, In One Of His Many Protean Incarnations, A Chicago South Side Operator With A Wife Whose Father Was A Daley Precinct Captain, While The Republican Candidate Is A Repository Of Something In Which Almost Nobody In 1968 Would Ever Have Believed America S Residual Pride About Its Own Valor In Vietnam The Almost Closing Line Of The Book Is The Prediction That Mailer Wishes He Had Made To Eugene McCarthy S Daughter Dear Miss, He Could Have Told Her, We Will Be Fighting For 40 Years He Got That Right, Among Many Other Things Christopher Hitchens

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10 thoughts on “Miami and the Siege of Chicago

  1. brian says:

    his book is as lumpy and oversized as his heart and testes and ya just can t ask fori mean, check this description of professional republican meade alcorn Alcorn had a friendly freckled face and sandy hair, black horn rims, a jaw which could probably crack a lobster claw in one bite, his voice drilled its authority He was the kind of man who could look you in the eye while turning down your bid for a mortgage hell yeah i love ol norm i love him for his great books executioner s his book is as lumpy and oversized as his heart and testes and ya just can t ask fori mean, check this description of professional republican meade alcorn Alcorn had a friendly freckled face and sandy hair, black horn rims, a jaw which could probably crack a lobster claw in one bite, his voice drilled its authorit...

  2. Ian "Marvin" Graye says:

    The Reporter Inside HistoryNorman Mailer dubbed this workan informal history of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968.It s effectively a non fiction account with Mailerthe Reporterinserted into the narrative, sometimes inside the action and sometimes 19 floors up in his hotel room or two suburbs away in a bar having a bourbon Whatever, it makes explicit the author s reporter s perspective or bias, and, to that ex...

  3. Maureen says:

    Oh, yah, baby, Norman Mailer scored a home run Mailer may have been a misanthropic bastard, but Holy Toledo, the man could write He was a chronicler, a first rate observer, and a commentator the likes of which we may never see again In his coverage of the Miami and Chicago conventions, he kowtowed to no one Unlike the reporters on the national beat today, who seem to still be reeling from the punishments they received during the Bush administration, Mailer barreled his way though both conven Oh, yah, baby, Norman Mailer scored a home run Mailer may have been a misanthropic bas...

  4. Sara says:

    Why read this now Why didn t I read it in the 60s I think because the buzz was that it was as much about Mailer as about the conventions, and that is true But at this historical distance, it has power, even with its occasionally turgid Faulknerian Joycean heaps of clauses and sentence fragments A new kind of journalism it was indeed, and welcome, but embarrassing in parts, especially in Chicago when Mailer begins to dissect his own cowardice that leads him to avoid being in the thick of the Why read this now Why didn t I read it in the 60s I think because the buzz was that it was as much about Mailer as about the conventions, and that is true But at this historical distance, it has power, even with its occasionally turgid Faulknerian Joycean heaps of clauses and sentence fragments A new kind of journalism it was indeed, and welcome, but embarrassing in p...

  5. Padraic says:

    Gosh what a flippin blowhard Mailer is like an overly loud uncle who bathes less frequently than you would wish He s in full plumage here Interesting note the Chicago section is far less interesting than the Miami section, with its focus on the rival personalities of Rockefeller and Nixon I suppose this points the way toward his ultra fictional bios of Oswald etc One gets the feeling he was a mite too stoned in Chicago to really focus.Yes I know the man is dead and this was written in t Gosh what a flippin blowhard Mailer is like an overly loud uncle who bathes less frequently than you would wish He s in full plumage here Interesting note the Chicago section is far less interes...

  6. David says:

    If you can get past Mailer s stupefying narcissism, you will find some beefy prose and technicolor imagery in this book I particularly liked the description of Mayor Richard Daley, looking like he had just been stuffed with a catfish The political train wreck that was the Democr...

  7. Erik Graff says:

    Although I was a Eugene McCarthy supporter and suspicious of Mailer s favorite, Robert F Kennedy, I enjoyed reading his account of the 1968 election year and wish I d read it earlier.

  8. Jason Smith says:

    One can t help but see Miami and the Siege of Chicago as a kind of sequel to Armies of the Night In both we find Mailer narrating his first person account of these two events, profound moments in our cultural history, from the distance of a self analytical third person But here we find not the same Mailer of Armies, that brash, powerful leader unafraid to face beatings, arrest but in fact seeking them out No, here we see a writer who avoids the scene of the tragedy He is disillusioned with t One can t help but s...

  9. Amity says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book It didn t quite have the vitriol of Thompson when describing Nixon, and it didn t quite capture the terror and excitement of the protests in Grant Park.While Mailer can paint a beautiful portrait of pomp and circumstance, as well as behind the scenes political theatrics at their finest, I didn t completely believe he had a firsthand account of the events that he captured Hi...

  10. Jon Frankel says:

    As relevant today as the day it was published in 1968, this is a great example of engaged journalism, written with literary style and a novelist s insight into character Rockefeller, RFK, Eugene McCarthy, McGovern, Humphrey, Nixon, Reagan and Wallace, the whole kit and kaboodle, get the limousine treatment Mailer writes as if Kerouac had control Paragraphs a page long yield both the inner distress of a man in his forties who has been to war and been a part of the great rebellion against Ameri As relevant today as the day it was published in 1968, this is a great example of engaged journalism, written with literary style and a novelist s insight into character Rockefeller, RFK, Eugene McCarthy, McGovern, Humphrey, Nixon, Reagan and Wallace, the whole kit and kaboodle, get the limousine treatment Mailer writes as if Kerouac had control Paragraphs a page long yield both the inner distress of a man in his forties who has been to war and been a part of the great rebellion against America, only to see it mutate in the mid to late sixties into forms he can barely comprehend Funny, full of pathos and wise, read this book for where we ve been and where we continue to go He goes on long riffs and always returns to the tear gas of Chicago, to Daley s beefy face and the stench of the stockyards, braying like a pig with despair and grief when RFK is gunned down, with amazing takes on the Republican parade in Miami He ends with the obse...