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“Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots.” Esquire, November, 125-48. Listed on the table of contents page under the heading “The Big Bite” (see 62.18). Essay-memoir in which Mailer recalls his appearances on television programs with Mike Wallace (see 58.2, 58.7, 73.19, 73.23), Truman Capote and Dorothy Parker (see 59.3, 73.22), Gore Vidal, Dick Cavett and a half-dozen others while advancing his ideas of television’s deadening effects. Mailer quotes in full on 139 a letter published in Women’s Wear Daily on 7 November 1970 (see 70.13a) about Vidal. Rpt: In a limited hardcover edition of 400 copies. Northridge, Calif.: Lord John Press, 1980 (80.25); 82.16; six separate excerpts from this piece are scattered throughout The Time of Our Time (98.7). See 77.477.6, 77.8, 77.9, 85.6, 91.3.

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