Why do I get the feeling that the author of this Daily Texan article wrote it ahead of time and then attended Mailer's lecture just waiting for him to say something controversial. Because, come on, its Norman Mailer right? He is historically controversial.
I imagine the author was disappointed when the only hint of controversy was an anti-Bush comment that made one woman in the audience (who identified herself as the only Republican in the room) mad. Reeeeaaaal controversial there Norm. The other part of the speech cited as controversial was a section Mailer read from an upcoming article on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Jean Paul Sartre's birth:
"Sartre was a kind of genius, with an exceptionally fine mind, but he had one serious flaw," Mailer read. "He gave too wide a berth to the work of Heideker, which sat somewhere in the crack of humanity's buttocks."
I bet that got the underclassmen really riled up. "Dude, Mailer just totally dissed Heideker! Or Sartre! Or something! Or... I'm not sure what, but I know its controversial!"
According to the article, the only other controversial thing Mailer has done in the past few years was appear on The Gilmore Girls. Maybe he is losing his touch.
No wonder he sold his papers to the HRC for 2.5 million dollars -- he had to cash in those controversy points while he still could.