You’d think that between running for mayor of New York, covering presidential campaigns, or committing acts that would tarnish his literary legacy for generations to come, Norman Mailer would probably not be someone with an abundant amount of free time on his hands. And yet: apparently the man also tried his hand at filmmaking in the late 1960s, and next month, the Criterion Collection’s Eclipse imprint will release a double-disc set of his films. Which, if nothing else, should serve as a reminder to many literary types that expanding to multiple disciplines is, perhaps, not the craziest thing in the world.

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