“The First Presidential Paper.” Dissent 10 (summer), 249-54. Rpt: As the introduction to The Presidential Papers (63.37), titled “A Prefatory Paper—Heroes and Leaders,” with several minor changes including the addition of a list of 34 of the miscellany’s topics.
“Norman Mailer at Carnegie Hall.” Article by Ralph Blumenfield. New York Post, June 1. A final account of Mailer’s debut, which he said was “the closest a middle-aged man can get to being a bullfighter.”
“Existential Leader or Just Another Reader?” Article by Darryl Henriques. Brooklyn Heights Press, 6 June, 1, 2. A more extensive account of Mailer’s 31 May reading at Carnegie Hall than 63.30.
“Carnegie Hall Audience Listens to Norman Mailer’s Thoughts.” Article by Brian O’Doherty. New York Times, 1 June, 15. Account of Mailer’s reading at Carnegie Hall on 31 May, with quotes dealing with the FBI, Communism and J.F.K. See 63.31.
“The Novelist Comes to Carnegie Hall.” Article-interview by Millicent Brower. Village Voice, 30 May, 1, 6-7, 18. On the eve of his reading at Carnegie Hall, Mailer discusses his desire to deliver “an existential evening.”
“Norman Mailer: The Conservative Leftist.” Interview by Jan Henry. Brooklyn Heights Press, 30 May, 1, 3. Mailer describes himself as a “Left Existential Conservative” and discusses Deaths for the Ladies (62.3) and the book he is working on: “Frankie and Johnny: The Presidential Papers of Norman Mailer” (63.37).
“Reading from Left to Right.” Letter to the editor. Playboy, April, 8. Complaint about being labeled a liberal in his January debate with William F. Buckley Jr. in Playboy (63.15). Mailer’s letter is notable for his description of himself, perhaps for the first time, as a “left conservative.” Rpt: 14.3.
“Norman Mailer Returns to Read, Philosophize on Existential Life.” Article by Paul S. Cowan. Harvard Crimson, 25 March, 1. Account of Mailer’s 24 March appearance at Harvard at which he discussed existentialism and psychoanalysis: “I am profoundly cynical about psychoanalysis.”
Untitled poem beginning: “The most eligible bachelor in London.” Harvard Advocate 97 (spring), 47. Rpt: 66.11.
“The Hipster and the American Right.” Interview by unidentified interviewer. Phoenix (University of Chicago), spring, 4-5. Focuses on alienation with long answer on the distinction between the psychopath and the psychotic.