“Prize Writer.” Article-interview by Lynn Barber. Chicago Sun-Times, 4 October. This interview took place at Mailer’s Brooklyn apartment, and focuses on The Time of Our Time (98.7). Mailer explained that he found some weaknesses in some of his writing when assembling the collection—
something wasn’t as good as I remembered it and then I wanted to cut the hell out of it, and did. You know, there’s a kind of literary sacramentalism that if you write something and it’s fairly good and attracts reputation, you approach it as if the text is all and you must never do anything to alter it. I did the exact opposite,
and goes on to say that only half of “Superman Comes to the Supermarket” stood the test of time.