Streams

A Ticket to the Circus

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Norman Mailer’s wife of more than thirty years, Norris Church Mailer, talks about leaving the comforts of small-town Arkansas and meeting and falling in love in with Norman Mailer in one night. Her memoir A Ticket to the Circus, she describes the challenges—and rewards—of life with Norman Mailer, from dealings with his five ex-wives and numerous former girlfriends to raising seven stepchildren to negotiating the world of Mailer’s fame and literary life.

Event: Norris Church Mailer will be in conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin
Wednesday, April 7, at 7:00 pm
Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn

Guests:

Norris Church Mailer,
News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [3]

gene

You mean Norris and Norman never ran out of things to talk about for 30 years--but she and Leonard can't keep it up for an additional 28 seconds? ;-)

Apr. 07 2010 01:02 PM
mozo from nyc

Mr. Mailer was lucky to have your guest in his life. Thanks for having Ms. Mailer on your show! Looking forward to Carol Burnett.

Apr. 07 2010 12:56 PM
Joe Adams from Bergen County, New Jersey

According to the review of Mrs. Mailer's book in today's, Norman loved the atmosphere of jazz but "detested" the music.

More than 50 years ago, I attended a magnificnt jazz concert in Central Park, featuring, among others, Miles Davis and Errol Garner. I noticed in the audience not too far from where I was sitting, was Norman Mailer. I noticed his swaying with the beat and, at the conclusion of some performances, he joined the audience in shouting "More". I also noticed that he and his companion stayed till the end, not what one would expect from a jazz-hater.
It could be that it was his young wife who detested jazz and he said he concurred just to please her.


Apr. 07 2010 11:50 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.