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Author Barbara Mailer Wasserman & “Love of My Life”

Author Barbara Mailer Wasserman & “Love of My Life”



Introduction to Barbara Mailer Wasserman.   1:3 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Post-Production:  Lee Skye.  Music: Carmen Cicero,  Recorded via Zoom:  9/1/2021, Miami.


Before retiring, BARBARA MAILER WASSERMAN worked as a researcher on television documentaries and an editor in publishing.  A graduate of Radcliffe College, she’s lived in Greenwich Village for the past sixty-five years. Her brother, author Norman Mailer, became one of the 20th Century’s most celebrated and controversial literary figures.  Now 94-year-old Barbara Mailer Wasserman shows that she’s got writing chops of her own.  Her new memoir, “Love of My Life,” was published by Arbitrary Press in 2021.

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Where did you grow up, and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?



Given that your parents were both immigrants, and English was not their first language, why were books so important to your family?


SERENDIPITY:  0:29 sec.

You read a lot of novels. Did you have any interest in journalism?


SERENDIPITY:  0:49 sec.

Was there a time when you were a teenager or younger that you thought you might want to be a writer?


DEVELOP A VOICE:  0:50 sec.

When did you start keeping a journal?


DEVELOP A VOICE:  2:05 min.

Given that you had writing aspirations when you were younger, why did you wait until the age of 94 to publish your first book?



Did your brother Norman’s meteoric success with “The Naked and the Dead” in 1948 inspire or inhibit your own writing aspirations?



Where did you go to school? And after you graduated, was the “Glass Ceiling” crushingly low?


SERENDIPITY:  1:39 min.

I assume that Norman visited the Provincetown art colony before you did.