Letter to the Editor. New York Herald Tribune, 28 September. Mailer complains of inaccuracies in Red Smith’s 27 August column about the Patterson-Liston boxing match. “I was neither drunk nor offensive.” Rpt: SLNM.
“The Prizefighter and the Author.” Article by Leonard Shecter. New York Post, 27 September. Still another account of Mailer at Sonny Liston’s press conference.
“Liston and the Author: ‘I Can Call You a Bum.’” Article by Stan Isaacs. Newsday, 27 September. Another account of Liston’s press conference.
“The Big Fight.” Column by Red Smith. New York Herald Tribune, 27 September. Account of Mailer’s exchange with Sonny Liston at Liston’s press conference after his knockout victory over Floyd Patterson.
“Mailer vs. Buckley: Good fight, No Decision.” Article by Pete Hamill. New York Post, 24 September. A second account of the debate. Buckley called Mailer a writer of “genuine talent” who was also “the most politically ignorant man I have ever met.”
“Mailer Debates William Buckley: Chicago Political Bout a Draw.” Article by Gay Talese. New York Times, 24 September, 1. Account of the debate, moderated by Irv Kupcinet, on the role of the right wing in American life. See 63.15, 63.22, 13.2, 317-20. Mailer said that “it is the right wing that wishes to blow up the earth.”
“Ex Libris.” Christian Century, 11 July, 865. Mailer was asked to answer this question: “What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?” He replied with the following list: Das Kapital, Vol. I, by Karl Marx; War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy; The Red and the Black, by Stendhal; The Function of the Orgasm, by Wilhelm Reich; Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence; Man’s Fate, by André Malraux; Captain Blood, by Rafael Sabatini; The Amateur Gentleman, by Jeffrey Farnol.
“An Evening with Jackie Kennedy: Being an Essay in Three Acts.” Esquire, July, 56-61. Essay occasioned by Mrs. Kennedy’s TV tour of the White House, February 14, 1962. Rpt: As “The Existential Heroine: An Evening with Jackie Kennedy, or, The Wild West of the East” in 63.37 and (without subtitle) in 68.11; 98.7 (partial), 13.1. See 83.54.