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ISBN: 0394620194 / ISBN-13: 9780394620190

Of a Fire on the Moon

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For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer--the literary provocateur who ... Show synopsis

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rejoyce

Of a Fire in Mailer's Brain

by rejoyce on Aug 20, 2007

Does anyone write crazily audacious books like this anymore? Of a Fire on the Moon is notable most of all for Norman Mailer's incisive portrait of NASA's technocratic WASP culture and the Corporation. It also contains loony, metaphysical speculations about the psychology of machines, and about whether the moon shot was God- or Devil-inspired; the author is up to his old Manichean tricks again. At the same time, there are true moments of grandeur. And in a way the author's rendering of the space venture (he was an engineering major at Harvard) in all its frightening precision and detail answers the question of why the Sixties "Revolution" failed. While science, discipline and order were marshalled on the side of the technocrats, Provincetown's denizens, where Mailer resided (and the rest of the counterculture) were blasting their brains on drugs to reinvent the wheel of consciousness. Meanwhile, NASA went to the moon and the Corporation globalized the world.

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