“Quick and Expensive Comments on the Talent in the Room.” Big Table 3 (autumn-winter), 88-100. Essay in which Mailer appraises the writing of James Jones, William Styron, Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac, Saul Bellow, Nelson Algren, J.D. Salinger, Paul Bowles, Vance Bourjaily, Chandler Brossard, Gore Vidal, Anatole Broyard, Myron Kaufmann, Calder Willingham, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin and Herbert Gold. Rpt: It is difficult to say if this essay appeared in Big Table before Advertisements for Myself (59.13) appeared, but Mailer said that he sent Big Table editor Paul Carroll the galleys of Advertisements for use in his magazine. Carroll, Mailer said, came up with the title. Rpt: 13.1. See 63.8, 63.40. See also, 13.2, 247-52; Myrick Land, The Fine Art of Literary Mayhem: A Lively Account of Famous Writers and Their Feuds. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963; Rpt: San Francisco: Lexicos, 1983.
“Buddies, or the Hole in the Summit: An Apocryphal and Interrupted Transcript.” Village Voice, 16 September, 1, 4-5. One-act play, a conversation between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Rpt: 59.13 (without subtitle and with a slightly different accompanying note). See 92.8.
“Ten Words from the Dean.” Wagner Literary Magazine, no. 1 (spring), 26-27. One hundred and eighty-seven words on the differences between Beat and Hip, “between rebellion and revolution,” from “Dean” Mailer.
“Ingenue.” Letter to the editor. Village Voice, 11 March, 4. Mailer criticizes Marta Curro’s 7 March Village Voice review of Millicent Brower’s novel, Ingenue. He says that “letting one writer-actress revise [sic] the work of another is like leaving hashish on an assassin.” Brower (originally Brauer) was a distant cousin of Mailer’s, and he knew her from childhood. Her husband, Harvey Anhalt, typed Naked; and she was the lead in Mailer’s 1947 experimental film, “Millie’s Dream.” See 13.2, 96.
“Who Said What?” Letter to the editor. New Republic, 9 March, 3, 23. Mailer corrects Janet Winn’s report (59.3) on his comments about Truman Capote and E.M. Forster.
“Capote, Mailer and Miss Parker.” Article by Janet Winn. New Republic, 9 February, 27-28. Summarizes David Susskind’s 18 January “Open End” television program on which Mailer, Truman Capote and Dorothy Parker discussed Jack Kerouac, the Beats and writing in general. See 59.4, 73.22, 77.7. See 13.2, 244-45.
“Hip, Hell, and the Navigator: An Interview with Norman Mailer.” By Richard G. Stern and Robert F. Lucid. Western Review 23 (winter), 101-9. Mailer’s first extended comment on his belief in an embattled God in one of his most important interviews. Rpt: 59.13, 82.16 (partial), 88.6, 98.7 (partial). See “The Psychology of Machines” in Of a Fire on the Moon (71.1) for a continuation of Mailer’s discussion in this interview of the “Navigator,” the ego’s agent in the unconscious. See also 75.2, 75.11, 82.15, 83.45, 89.11. See 13.2, 237-39.
“Comment.” Dissent 6 (winter), 9-10. Response to “A New Political Atmosphere in America” by Irving Howe. Mailer’s perspective on the 1958 congressional elections.