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“The Author at Home: Norman Mailer.” Essay-interview by Robert McCrum. Observer, 11 November, 28. Thoughtful essay, speckled with quotes from Mailer:

New York was grinding me down. I loved New York, too much. When I was younger I used to be able to go out and drink and eat and have a good time, and work the next day. I got to the point where I couldn’t do that. Either I wrote, or I had a good time.