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Louis Menand and Richard Brody on Norman Mailer

October 15th, 2013

Episode 343 of 447 episodes

Norman Mailer died six years ago, and, already, five biographies have been written about him. The most recent is J. Michael Lennon's "Norman Mailer: A Double Life," which is a springboard for an essay on Mailer by Louis Menand in this week's issue. Here, Menand and the film critic Richard Brody talk about Mailer's life and legacy with the literary editor of the New Yorker's Web site, Sasha Weiss. Also on the podcast, Deborah Treisman explains why Alice Munro's first story in the magazine in 1977 caused an in-house ruckus.

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