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“Does Fashion Matter?” Symposium, edited by Eric P. Nash. New York Times Magazine, 24 October, 46, 52, 58, 64, 72. As part of this issue, “How Fashion Broke Free: A Special Report on a Half-Century of Fashion in the Times,” 56 individuals were asked “Does fashion matter?” Some of those joining Mailer in answering were: Roy Blount Jr., Rev. Al Sharpton, Betty Friedan, Joan Rivers, Liz Smith, Gay Talese, David Dinkins and Susan Faludi. Mailer’s reply: “I have the uneasy feeling that fashion matters a good deal but in all the years I’ve been asking myself how and why, my questions remain more lively than my findings.”