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Cultural Beacon: Norman Mailer on Ali vs Foreman

Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007) was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

Along with Truman CapoteJoan DidionHunter S. ThompsonJohn McPhee, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, which superimposes the style and devices of literary fiction onto fact-based journalism. He was awarded thePulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. In 1955, Mailer, together with John Wilcock, Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf, first published The Village Voice, which began as an arts and politics oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village.

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Cultural Beacons: Rare interview with author Samuel Beckett

1987 Samuel Beckett Interview

Footage of Beckett in 1987, taken from “Waiting for Beckett: A Portrait of Samuel Beckett” (Global Village Production, 1994).

Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist,playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in France for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled  with black comedy and gallows humour.

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