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The Big Empty

(2006)
Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
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"Questions are posed," writes Norman Mailer, "in the hope they will open into richer insights, which in turn will bring forth sharper questions." In this series of conversations, John Buffalo Mailer, 27, poses a series of questions to his father, challenging the reflections and insights of the man who has dominated and defined much of American letters for the past sixty years.

Their wide-ranging discussions take place over the course of a year, beginning in July 2004. Set against the backdrop of George W. Bush's re-election campaign and the war in Iraq, each considers what it means to live in America today. John asks his father to look back to World War II, and explore the parallels that can - and cannot - be drawn between that time and our current post-9/11 consciousness.

As their conversations develop, the topics shift from the political to the personal to the political again, as they duck and weave around one another. They explore their shared admiration of boxing and poker, the nature of marriage and love, television, movies, writing, and what it means to be a part of this extraordinary family.

    

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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
Author(s): Norman Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
ISBN: 1-56025-824-1 / 978-1-56025-824-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nation Books
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Audio Editions

December 2016 : Audio CD
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Title: The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
Author(s): Norman Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
ISBN: 1-5226-3748-6 / 978-1-5226-3748-6
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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December 2016 : Audio CD
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Title: The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
Author(s): Norman Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
ISBN: 1-5226-3750-8 / 978-1-5226-3750-9
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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December 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
Author(s): Norman Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
ISBN: 1-5226-3749-4 / 978-1-5226-3749-3
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
Author(s): Norman Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


November 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
Author(s): Norman Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


November 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
Author(s): Norman Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America
Author(s): Norman Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
Publisher: Nation Books
Availability: Amazon CA