60.10

“Norman Mailer in Tiff.” Article by unidentified writer. New York Times, 15 November, 28. Report on Mailer’s arrest at a New York night club, Birdland, after the manager refused to accept his credit card. See 60.11.

60.9

Superman Comes to the Supermart.” Esquire, November, 119-27. Nonfiction narrative on the 1960 Democratic Convention and presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. This narrative, which was written in July-August 1960 in Provincetown and appeared on 18 October just before the 1960 election, is the first of Mailer’s reports on American political conventions and an early, important precursor to the New Journalism. Mailer’s portrait of J.F.K. was his first and one of the first of his series of profiles of American politicians, athletes, movie stars, and writers. He has also written about the conventions of 1964 (64.20), 1968 (68.25), 1972 (72.17), 1992 (92.9) and 1996 (96.8). Rpt: As “Superman Comes to the Supermarket” (Mailer’s original title) in 63.37, 68.11, 76.5, with some trimming of the brief, italic headlines preceding each section of the narrative. These were written by an Esquire editor. Mailer complained of the title change in a letter to the editor (61.1). Esquire used “supermarket” when it reprinted the piece in Smiling though the Apocalypse: Esquire’s History of the Sixties, edited by Harold Hayes. New York: McCall, 1970. But when an excerpt was reprinted in the “Fiftieth Anniversary Collector’s Issue,” Esquire: How We Lived, 1933-1983 (June 1983), it was titled “Enter Prince Jack”; 98.7 (partial), 13.1. See 65.3.

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60.8

“Massachusetts vs. Mailer.” Article by Dwight Macdonald. New Yorker, 8 October, 154, 156, 158, 160-66. Another account of Mailer’s brush with the Provincetown police. Rpt: Norman Mailer: The Man and His Work, edited by Robert F. Lucid. Boston: Little, Brown, 1971; and Macdonald’s collection, Discriminations: Essays and Afterthoughts. Introduction by Norman Mailer. New York: Grossman, 1985. Macdonald restored the original conclusion excised by the New Yorker in the first, 1974 edition of Discriminations. See 60.6, 60.7, 83.57.

60.7

“A Letter from Provincetown.” New York Post Magazine, 3 July, 5. Letter of approximately 1,000 words correcting and commenting on J.H. Cummings’s 23 June Post story (see 60.6) concerning Mailer’s arrest, trial and acquittal for drunkenness in Provincetown. See 60.8.

60.6a

“Author Norman Mailer is Colorful in Court,” Article by Van G. Sauter. Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA), 24 June. Account of NM’s 23 June trial for disorderly conduct in Provincetown, at which he was acquitted. He testified that the two police officers who arrested him “have seen too much television. They thought I was a dangerous beatnik.” See 60.660.8.

60.6

“Norman Mailer Cleared: Not Drunk.” Article by J.H. Cummings. New York Post, 23 June. Mailer is quoted in this report on his court appearance and exoneration on a drunk charge. See 60.7, 60.8.

60.5

“Brooklyn Minority Report: ‘She Thought the Russians Was Coming.’” Esquire, June, 129, 137. Essay on juvenile delinquency. Rpt: Dissent 8 (summer 1961), 408-12; 63.37 (without first half of title, which was Esquire’s, not Mailer’s).

60.4

“Excerpts from ‘The Deer Park’” [scene 2, extracts from scenes 3 and 4, scenes 7, 10, 11]. In The Beats, edited by Seymour Krim, 169-201. Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett, March. Mailer restructured the play for its off-Broadway production in 1967. The script was published that year as The Deer Park: A Play (67.13). Rpt: Scenes 2, 3, 4 in 59.13; scenes 7 and 10 in 59.11. See 57.2.

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60.3

“The Shiny Enemies.” Letter to the editor. Nation, 30 January, inside front cover. Friendly response, with one sharp correction, to Gore Vidal’s 2 January review of Advertisements for Myself (59.13). Vidal’s review is reprinted in his collection, United States: Essays, 1952-1992 (New York: Random House, 1993). Rpt. 14.3.

60.2

“‘Angry Americans’ Air Dissent on British TV.” Article by William Harcourt, Reuters News Service correspondent. Washington Post, 28 January. Report on British television program produced by Kenneth Tynan and featuring the following American “dissenters”: C. Wright Mills, John Kenneth Galbraith, Robert Hutchins, Mailer, Mort Sahl, Jules Feiffer, Allen Ginsberg, Alger Hiss, Alexander King and Norman Thomas. Mailer derided the “boring, cancerous state of American life.”