“Smarter than the two of them put together

“I met Mailer a couple times, in 1970. He knew who I was. We knew some of the same people — Leslie Fiedler for one, the glib author of Love and Death In The American Novel. Mailer gave drafts and galleys of his work to Leslie, to read, and Fiedler in turn, wrote glowing reviews.

“Neither of them liked me very much, but I didn’t care because during that time I was really very close friends with H. Marshall McLuhan who was smarter than the two of them put together; and I would visit McLuhan in Toronto where we would have lunch and hack around. McLuhan was brilliant. They are all gone.”
Michael Levinson, comment in “Norris Church Mailer Remembered,” 2010

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