“Greasing the Radar”; “A Study of Cancer in English Grammar.” Cleft (Edinburgh) 2 (May), 8-9. Poems. Mailer may have published one or more poems in an earlier issue of Cleft.
“A Conversation with Mailer.” Article-interview by Gavin Young. Observer Weekly, 26 April, 26. In the midst of writing installments of An American Dream for Esquire (64.2-64.9), Mailer meets with an English journalist to discuss the project.
Untitled announcement. In “Backstage with Esquire,” Esquire, April, 40. Mailer announces the five winners ($5 apiece) of his essay contest, announced in his September 1963 Big Bite column (63.10): “Why I am not now and never have been a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
“Mailer and Buckley Talk on ‘Open End.’” New York Times, 3 February. Brief article describing another debate in which Buckley was the apparent winner. When Mailer asked him why Buckley appeared with him if he thought Mailer was a freak, Buckley said, “You are a magnetic field in this country.”
“Mailer vs. Scully.” Architectural Forum, April, 96-97. Debate on modern architecture with Vincent J. Scully Jr., Professor of Art History at Yale, in three parts:
- excerpts from Mailer’s August 1963 “Big Bite” column (63.9);
- Scully’s response, which appeared almost simultaneously in the Village Voice on 16 April;
- Mailer’s rebuttal, which appears here for the first time.
The editors of Architectural Forum state that the first part of Mailer’s contribution is a condensation of two of Mailer’s Esquire columns. This is not the case; all of the first part is from the August 1963 column. A final note: Mailer has published one section of this column five times. It represents his polemical style at its best:
The essence of totalitarianism is that it beheads. It beheads individuality, variety, dissent, extreme possibility, romantic faith; it blinds vision, deadens instinct; it obliterates the past.
An American Dream. Eight-part serialization. “Installment VIII: At the Lion and the Serpent.” Esquire, August, 41-43, 94, 96, 98, 100-108. The installment is followed by this note: “This concludes An American Dream. Dial Press will publish it in hardcover form this fall.” In the novel’s final version, the concluding (and revised) portion of 64.9 is broken off as “Epilogue: The Harbors of the Moon Again.” See 64.2, 65.7.
An American Dream. Eight-part serialization. “Installment Seven: A Votive is Prepared.” Esquire, July, 41-42, 44, 105-8. The installment is followed by the same line as in 64.7.
An American Dream. Eight-part serialization. “Installment Six: A Vision in the Desert.” Esquire, June, 114-16, 148- 49. The installment is followed by a note which ends, “The Dial Press will publish An American Dream in the fall.”
An American Dream. Eight-part serialization. “Installment Five: A Catenary of Manners.” Esquire, May, 124-27, 143-44, 146-52. A summary by Esquire editors of the first four installments is found on 158. The summary concludes with the line, “The Dial Press will publish An American Dream in August.” Dial did publish the novel, but not until the following March. The 12 October Publishers Weekly contains an advertisement for the novel and gives a January publication date.