Nathan Bransford, Author

Saturday, November 10, 2007

RIP Norman Mailer

One of the great old-school literary titans, down for the count.


Jessica Burkhart said...

RIP for sure.

gerrydodge said...

I was struck by the idea that Norman Mailer was so noisy in the sixties and seventies and he epitomized that time and I will always love him for that alone--and then, of course, there's his writing. Rest in Peace, Norman Mailer.

Denae said...

Mailer - an inspiration.

Hi Nathan. I am wondering if you have any advice on how to publish a blog in the form of a book.

I've lived abroad for one year in London and would like to put my blog into a book form. I am selecting posts which point to a theme of self discovery and exploration.

The central message is encouragement for young American women to move out of the states for one year. Stepping out of the US has allowed me to shave off my naivity, gather much needed world perspective, find love and advance my career in crazy ways.

Do you have resources on blog into book form?

I stumbled onto your blog a few weeks ago and very much appreciate your advice and information.

Debs said...

Nathan, I've just found your wonderfully informative and interesting blog, thank you.

Rest in Peace, Norman Mailer.

Dennis said...

Kudos to Nathan for taking the time to post this (someone please tell him it's the weekend).

As expected, lots of great stuff about Mailer out there now. It's great to see him getting the honor he deserves.

Great blog, Nathan.

- Dennis

Anonymous said...

Mailer got started with short stories, like so many of his time. Nathan what do you think we writers of novels AND stories should do, if we don't have an agent yet? I'm reading that the short story is dead and would like your opinion on what to do. Seems true in my experience though, if you're not in the ivory towers of academia, forget short stories.

Nathan Bransford said...


I don't think short fiction is completely dead. Personally I wonder how much the writing school-ification of short fiction and the decoupling of plot from short stories has dampened the market for them because, frankly, a lot of short stories are really boring.

But there's still the Internet, people still like reading short fiction (or at least profess to), and short story collections still get published and win awards.

Depends on what you mean by dead I guess.

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