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Norman Mailer to Tom Wolfe
It would be wrong to think of Mailer as being combative only with his fists. He also wielded a penknife with a pretty sure hand. But, of course, he was also incisive with his insults, as you can clearly see below.
Mailer said reading A Man In Full was like having sex with an obese woman: "At certain points, reading the work can even be said to resemble the act of making love to a three-hundred pound woman. Once she gets on top, it's over. Fall in love, or be asphyxiated. So you read and you grab and you even find delight in some of these mounds of material. Yet all the while you resist — how you resist! — letting three hundred pounds take you over."