Episode 753

David Mastio: Opinion Columnist, USA TODAY

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January 10th, 2022

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Dave joins us on the cancellation of a new book by Norman Mailer over an essay he wrote in 1957 called "The White Negro".

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  • "...And Ladies of the Club" - Wikipedia — And Ladies of the Club" is a novel, written by Helen Hooven Santmyer, about a group of women in the fictional town of Waynesboro, Ohio who begin a women's literary club, which evolves through the years into a significant community service organization in the town. The novel, which looks at the club as it changes throughout the years, spans decades in the lives of the women involved in the club, between 1868 and 1932. Many characters are introduced in the course of the novel, but the primary characters are Anne Gordon and Sally Rausch, who in 1868 are new graduates of the Waynesboro Female College. They marry soon after the opening of the book, and the decades that follow chronicle their marriages and those of their children and grandchildren. Santmyer focuses not just on the lives of the women in the club, but also their families, friends, politics, and developments in their small town and the larger world.
  • Michael Wolff on Random House's Cancellation of Norman Mailer — With slow-mo hammer-dropping predictability, Norman Mailer’s long-time publisher has recently informed the Mailer family that it has canceled plans to publish a collection of his political writings to mark the centennial of his birth in 2023, confirms the film producer Michael Mailer, the author’s oldest son. The back-door apologies at Random House include as the proximate cause — you hardly have to look hard in Mailer’s work to find offenses against contemporary doctrine and respectability — a junior staffer’s objection to the title of Mailer’s 1957 essay, “The White Negro”, a psycho-sexual-druggie precursor and model for much of the psycho-sexual-druggie literature that became popular in the 1960s.
  • David Mastio | USA TODAY — David Mastio became deputy editorial page editor in June 2015, after rejoining USA TODAY as forum editor in 2012. Previously, he was a USA Today editorial writer and assistant forum editor first hired by the paper in 1995. In his years away from USA Today he was founding editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner, deputy editorial page editor and senior editor for online opinion at The Washington Times, an editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot and a Washington correspondent for The Detroit News.