Monday, August 13, 2007

Mailer, McLuhan and The Longpen

Aptly for a writer of the stature of Norman Mailer, it was a pioneering event - albeit one that mixed the brightest advances in digital technology with the more earth-bound elements of the bingo hall.
Yesterday's transatlantic conversation with the leading man of American letters, held at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, took place by live video link between the festival's main tent in the city's Charlotte Square, and the writer's modest front room in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Afterwards, fans of the writer had their books signed by a new technique called LongPen, with their order chosen by the host, Andrew O'Hagan, in bingo-hall style: reading their raffle tickets numbers from a plastic bag.(more from The Herald)
the video is from 1968. mailer is 45 years old ...
Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan expound on violence, alienation and the electronic envelope. The clash of two great minds(1968)

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