Mornings with Mailer: A Recollection of Friendship. By Dwayne Raymond. New York: HarperCollins, 26 January. Memoir of Mailer’s last days in Provincetown by his assistant from 2003 to Mailer’s death in 2007. Contains many quotations from Mailer and a detailed depiction of his domestic and professional life during his final years.
Loving Mailer. By Carole Mallory. Beverly Hills, CA: Phoenix Books. Memoir by Mailer’s lover from 1984-1991, with many remembered quotes from Mailer.
“Mailer’s Final Legacy.” Article-interview by Sue Fox. Times (London), 8 August, 8. Memoir with quotes from Mailer in the hospital just before he died, and from John Buffalo Mailer, Norris Church Mailer, Lawrence Schiller and Dwayne Raymond, Mailer’s assistant.
Mailer Review. The 2008 double issue contains all the statements made by 25 individuals, members of Mailer’s family and his friends, at the 9 April 9, 2008 memorial program for Mailer at Carnegie Hall, “The Time of His Time: A Celebration of the Life of Norman Mailer,” sponsored by Mailer’s publisher, Random House, and produced by Norris Church Mailer, Lawrence Schiller, Carol Schneider, and J. Michael Lennon. Mailer is quoted innumerable times in these eulogies, and in many others collected in this volume.
“Author, Auteur: A Conversation with Norman Mailer.” By Michael Chaiken. Mailer Review, 407-20. A discerning interview with Mailer on his films.
“The Lion in Winter: Five Snapshots.” Article-interview by Andrew O’Hagan. New York Observer, 13 November. Four of the snapshots are accounts of meetings with Mailer—in Provincetown in 1997; London, 2002; Provincetown again in 2007; and at the New York Public Library, Mailer’s penultimate public appearance with Günter Grass, 28 July 2007. Asked if he fells superior to his younger self, Mailer said: “I just look at him and think what a fool he is . . . you’ve got to remain a fool at all costs.” He also tells O’Hagan that his favorite poem is Yeats’ “The Second coming”: “It gives me the prodigious disruption that has lived at the heart of the 20th century. There is something wrong, something unbalanced about this century; we all have a sense of unease about where the future is going.”
“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.
“Mailer Gets Hammered.” Article by Gerald Howard. New York Times Book Review, 26 August 2007, 27. Account of Mailer being interviewed at the Walter Reade Theater of Lincoln Center by Michael Chaiken, Kent Jones and J. Michael Lennon prior to a showing of Maidstone (71.28) on 22 July. It was Mailer’s last public appearance. Howard focuses on his impressions of the film, but does quote Mailer’s characterization of the role of film director as being “equivalent to being a general in a war in which no blood was shed.”