Nonexistent Norman Mailer Book Prompts the Usual “Cancel Culture” Outcry

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By Tobias Carroll Can a book be said to be “canceled” if it never existed in the first place? That might sound like a matter for the philosophers in the room, but as of early January, it’s become all too real a debate. In a new article for The Ankler, Fire & Fury author Michael Wolff outlined an intriguing scenario involving a departed literary lion whose reputation has taken something of a hit in recent years. The writer in question is Norman Mailer. As Wolff reported, Random House nixed plans to release a collection of Mailer’s writings on politics, originally slated to be published next yea…

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