By Norman Mailer
Amid the cactus wilds a few 200 miles from Hollywood lies a privileged oasis known as barren region D'Or. it's a position for starlets, administrators, studio professionals, and the well-groomed lowlifes who cater to them. And, as imagined via Norman Mailer during this blistering vintage, barren region D'Or is an ethical proving floor, the place women and men notice what they honestly want--and how some distance they're keen to visit get it. As Mailer lines their couplings and uncouplings, their uneasy flirtation with good fortune and self-extinction, he creates a mythical portrait of America's equipment of wish.
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Mr. Hendricks called on him. “But he was so awesome,” the boy defended. “He may have been ‘awesome,’ but he was also a villain. ” Mr. Hendricks paused. “Much, much sooner. But at the end of the day, he was caught. ” Several girls winced. “Disgusting,” a blonde a few rows to Abby’s left whispered. Abby thought Blackbeard probably deserved what he got, but she was glad she hadn’t seen it. “His head was later placed on a stake near the Hampton River to warn all pirates,” Mr. Hendricks continued, pacing up the row.
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The Deer Park by Norman Mailer