I had only read, sad to say, "The Naked and The Dead" and a few of his Esquire entries back in the day, but I can tell you my curiosity is piqued by diving into "The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer." Editor and Literary Archivist for the Mailer estate J. Michael Lennon selected some 700+ letters for this curated compilation, but they represent only 2% of Mailer's total output--over 40,000 letters. Perhaps his last name was prescient. Pugnacious, thin-skinned, brilliant and yes, warm and loving--Mailer fascinates with his ministrations on a writer's life, his battles with ex-wives and ex-friends, money, sex and politics. From John Kennedy to John Lennon, from Capote to Styron, MLK and virtually every bright star in a fifty year span, Mailer directed his pen to persons large and small. It's quite a journey to take with the only person to win the Pulitzer Prize for both fiction and non-fiction. Watch for my rendition coming soon to Amazon, Audible and other purveyors of audiobooks.
"Smart People, directed with impeccable comedic timing by David de Vries, onstage at True Colors Theatre..."~artsatl.com
"[Lydia Diamond's] razor-sharp dialogue crackles, and director David de Vries gives the show a fever-pitched pace to match." ~ Atlanta Journal Constitution
Audie Award Winner 2016
Newbery Honor 2016
Odyssey Honor 2016
This is a wonderful recording of a beautiful book. "Echo" transcends the audiobook genre to become a multimedia experience with music interwoven into the telling of four stories that come together in a magical way. I'm proud to have been a part of the creative team that put this together. Along with fellow narrators Mark Bramhall, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler, I took home my first Audie Award.Listen to an excerpt of Echo