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Why were the soldiers betting with Australian pounds rather than American dollars in "The Naked and the Dead"

There were many US bases in Northern Australia during WW2. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Base_Brisbane US soldiers and marines engaged in island hopping might well have spent time at one of ...
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What does Norman Mailer mean by "touch all the ultimates, and still have it read like speed"?

Mailer says that he wanted his writing to accomplish two goals: "Say exceptional things about the nature of the world and society". He wanted to discuss serious social, philosophical, and ...
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What does bigot mean in this context of the Naked and the Dead and what was really happening?

The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations were labor unions of the day, who would eventually unite in 1955. The 1930's were not good times for union organizers--at ...
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What does Norman Mailer mean by "touch all the ultimates, and still have it read like speed"?

Unpicking this requires that we expand the quote a little bit and determine that Mailer is talking about writing novels compared to writing journalism. Here's a fuller quote: It was vastly easier ...
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Does anybody know where the Hemingway reference is located in The Deer Park?

In Google books, one can preview page 353 of The Deer Park, where one finds the following text: and I tried to write my novel about bullfighting, but it was not very good. It was inevitably ...
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