Norris learns she has intestinal cancer and undergoes the first of several operations. Mailer is beset with various health problems: angina, arthritis, macular degeneration, hearing loss and a hip replacement.
In July, he completes a teleplay based on an account of the trial of O.J. Simpson, American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense by Schiller and James Willworth.
Begins writing his Hitler novel, The Castle in the Forest.
Tom Wolfe responds to negative reviews of his 1998 novel, A Man in Full, by Mailer, John Updike, and John Irving in a long essay, published in his 2000 collection, Hooking Up; the trio of detractors responds sharply.