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Norman Mailer on JFK

In the next month, much will be said and written about John F. Kennedy on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his assassination. To prepare for this season of remembrance, here is a good place to start: the landmark essay/profile that ran in Esquire magazine in November 1960. Written by the novelist/playwright/journalist Norman Mailer, it was titled “Superman Comes to the Supermarket” and it remains must-reading.

A hat tip to Esquire for posting the whole thing on its site.

[Hint: if you hit the “print” button on the Esquire page, you can get the whole piece in one big file, minus most of the ads. But then again, if you are not being bombarded about sex and whiskey, are you really getting the full Esquire experience?]

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