More insults

  • Mailer laid out his longtime nemesis Gore Vidal with a punch at a dinner party. (“Words fail Norman Mailer yet again,” Mr. Vidal retorted from his supine position.) NY Times
  • Alain de Botton’s "I will hate you till the day you die"
  • Clive James’s famous up-yours poem, The Book of my Enemy Has Been Remaindered.
  • "We all know," Mailer began, "that I stabbed my wife years ago. You don't want to forget about it. You're a liar and a hypocrite. Are you ready to apologise?"
    "I would apologise if it hurts your feelings," Vidal said, winning the exchange effortlessly.

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