norman mailer's (american ) landscapes

'Almost everybody I knew in Desert D'Or had had an unusual career, and it was the same for me. I grew up in a home for orphans. Still intact at the age of twenty-three, wearing my flying wings and a First Lieutenant's uniform, I arrived at the resort with fourteen thousand dollars, a sum I picked up via a poker game in a Tokyo hotel room while waiting with other fliers for our plane home. The curiosity is that I was never a gambler, I did not even like the game, but I had nothing to lose that night, and maybe for such reason I accepted the luck of my cards.'

'The Deer Park', 1955 (primeiro parágrafo)
de Norman Mailer, a propósito da Ípsilon de hoje.