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Village Voice Decides To Go Light On Mailer Coverage

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Were you surprised to see how light the coverage in this week’s Village Voice was regarding Norman Mailer? Mailer co-founded the alternative weekly in 1955 with Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf. His innovative and freewheeling marijuana-fueled essays in 1955 and 1956 are regarded as significant in the development of the New Journalism. The salmon-colored weekly’s John Koblin spoke with VV editor Tony Ortega about the lack of Mailer:

“Mailer definitely founded this newspaper, but he had a short relationship with it,’ Mr. Ortega told The Observer this afternoon … ‘We’re gonna do Mailer next week … There was no shortage of Mailer pieces this week.”

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