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Between Friends:

Susan Mailer + Esther Amini.

Between Friends:Susan Mailer + Esther Amini.




Introduction to Susan Mailer + Esther Amini.  1:05 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Editing & Production:  Angel Alvarez.  Recorded via Zoom, 10/20/2020, Santigo, Chile and New York, NY.

 

 

SUSAN MAILER (b. 1949) is Norman Mailer’s first born. She grew up between Mexico City and New York, between her mother and her father. She graduated from Barnard College in 1971 and a few years later moved to Santiago, with her Chilean husband, becoming a psychoanalyst in the early nineties. Since that time, Mailer has been active in her psychoanalytic association and has written about a variety of topics published in Latin American journals. She teaches, supervises, and has a private practice in Santiago. She and her husband spend a few months of each year in Manhattan and in Provincetown, MA.  Mailer has three grown children and four grandchildren. In Another Place, With and Without My Father Norman Mailer is her first book.

ESTHER AMINI (b. 1949) is a writer, painter, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. Her short stories have appeared in Elle, Lilith, Tablet, The Jewish Week, Barnard Magazine, TK University’s Inscape Literary, and Proximity. She was named one of Aspen Words’ two best emerging memoirists and awarded its Emerging Writer Fellowship in 2016 based on her memoir entitled: Concealed. Her pieces have been performed by Jewish Women’s Theatre in Los Angeles and in Manhattan, and she was chosen by JWT as their Artist-in-Residence in 2019. Esther Amini lives in New York City with her husband.

The videos below were recorded via Zoom,  are organized by topic, and run between 2 and 11 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES: 5:20 min.





What is your recent memoir, “In Another Place, With and Without My Father Norman Mailer,” all about?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION: 5:22 min.





Esther, the compelling title of your book is “Concealed.” What made you want to present your previously concealed life to the world?

 

CRITICAL THINKING: 7:13 min.





What was the writing process like for you Sue?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES: 10:33 min.





Both of you had traumatic early childhoods. Do you remember the details because they are burned into your memory, or because of your research?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  3:56 min.





For years I have been telling my favorite stories that I have refined over time to make them more interesting or funnier, until I get to a point where I’m not sure if things really occurred the way I am describing them. Has that happened to you?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS:  4:56 min.





When you wrote your book, Esther, who did you identify with?

 

COMPULSION: 2:20 min.





What role did compulsion play in your writing process, Sue?

 

CRITICAL THINKING: 3:52 min.





Do you think your book has broad appeal, Esther?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE: 2:18 min.





How have readers been responding to your book, Sue?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED: 5:25 min.





Does writing a memoir require courage?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND: 5:42 min.





Did you ever consider recording your memoir by telling your story to a movie camera?

 

EMPATHY: 3:54 min.





How did your siblings react to your memoirs?