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67.19a

“Anything Goes: Taboos in Twilight.” Article by unidentified writer. Newsweek, 13 November, 74-78. Long article on sexual permissiveness in the media, “a Babylonian age.” Mailer has a long quote: “We’re in a time that’s divorced from the past. There’s utterly no tradition anymore. It’s a time when our nervous systems are being remade. There’s an extraordinary amount of obscenity around—and it’s in my new book [Why Are We in Vietnam? (67.15)]. I had to write it that way despite the fact that I hate to add all that obscenity.” He did so because obscenity “is the only metaphor to express the situation that produces Vietnam.”