Norman Mailer's Car

A Passage from Luminous Airplanes, or Things As They Were: A Hyperromance


A beautiful blue 1976 Volvo 245 DL, which came into my possession under circumstances that I described in my story about San Francisco in the 1990s. Yes, it once belonged to Norman Mailer.

Norman Mailer’s car carried me all the way across America, twice; it survived a winter in Canada! It carried me out of Canada and back to New York City and finally it drove me to New Haven, where it is now parked.

It has been a long time since I tried to go anywhere in Norman Mailer’s car.


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