A Lesser Writer, Toiling in the Shadow of a Modern Master [LINK]
Today's letter to the Globe:
I don't expect I'll read anything funnier today than Christopher Busa's letter defending Norman Mailer's legacy. Responding to Thomas Gagen's criticism that Mailer's 1957 essay "The White Negro" glorified violent criminals, Busa declares such criticism inappropriate so soon after his death: "a pen is not a knife to stab someone when he is down." That imagery, plus the characterization of Mailer as a beloved "family man," might have been a wise choice had Mailer not actually stabbed one of his wives with a pen knife.