Mailer: Middleweight and Model

Martin Amis says the worst photo ever taken of  Norman Mailer shows him with a black eye. There’s a worse one – discounting the high foreheaded youth in a carpet suit on the back of my copy of  The Naked And The Dead – showing Mailer with a coy expression and spreadeagled across an armchair like a model on a photo shoot for Hustler except he’s clothed (a slightly better suit) and has a head like Sid James (walnut) and  Bob Ellis (sloth).

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