1966

Stephen McLeod born to Beverly on 10 March.

In June, purchases a house in Provincetown, 565 Commercial Street, where he will live with Beverly and their children until 1969.

Cannibals and Christians, his third miscellany, is published on 29 August. The dedication reads: “To Lyndon B. Johnson, whose name inspired young men to cheer for me in public.” He speaks at several anti-Vietnam War rallies this year.

Mailer (1966)

in Days | 63 Words

66.15

“His Childhood Was a Happy Time: Norman Mailer Remembers Long Branch.” Interview by Edward Pell. Daily Register (Red Bank, New Jersey), 12 December, Sec. 2, p. 13. Memories of the resort town where Mailer was born and spent his summers until 1941.

66.14

“Henry Miller.” In Double Exposure: A Gallery of the Celebrated with Commentary by the Equally Celebrated, compiled and photographed by Roddy McDowall, 168-69. New York: Delacorte. Essay. Rpt: As “An Appreciation of Henry Miller” in 72.7, 82.19 and in the premier issue of Black Messiah (1981), published by Vagabond Press, Ellensburg, Wash., where Mailer adds a footnote noting that he saw Miller in 1975 or 1976 “out in Pacific Palisades. We did a TV show together, and he was blind in one eye, had to use a walker to move about and was still sensational.” See 76.12, 77.11.

66.13

“The Writer and Hollywood: Norman Mailer.” Film Heritage 2 (fall), 23. Mailer answers two editors’ questions: “(1) Has Hollywood treated your work justly? (2) Can the serious writer’s work survive in Hollywood?” In 125 words apiece, Mailer answers “no” to each, adding to his second answer that complaining about the results after an author has sold work for money is “belly-aching” and “smacks too much of sniffing the armpit and wrestler’s moans.”

66.12

“Mail from Mailer.” Letter to the editor. Newsweek, 12 September, 2. Complaint about being misquoted in the 29 August review of 66.11.

66.11

Cannibals and Christians. New York: Dial, 29 August, 1967. Miscellany, 400 pp., $5.95.

London: Deutsch (minus all but one of the 54 poems in the American edition, which were restored in later editions, those lacking an “A” on the inside back flap of the dustwrapper and the truncated introduction of the first state).

Cannibals and Christians (1967)

Dedication: “To Lyndon B. Johnson, whose name inspired young men to cheer for me in public.” The acknowledgments note that “Ministers of Taste,” letters to Robert B. Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books, appeared in Partisan Review. An extensive search has failed to turn them up. They are reprinted, however, in 67.11, 82.19 and 14.3. Rpt: “The Metaphysics of the Belly” is reprinted from 63.37; several selections from 66.11 appear, usually in a truncated form, in 98.7; others are reprinted in full in 13.1. See 65.2.

Mailer:

Apocalypse or debauch is upon us. And we are close to dead. There are faces and bodies like gorged maggots on the dance floor, on the highway, in the city, in the stadium; they are a host of chemical machines who swallow the product of chemical factories, aspirin, preservatives, stimulant, relaxant, and breathe out their chemical wastes into a polluted air. The sense of a long last night over civilization is back again; it has perhaps not been here so intensely in thirty years, not since the Nazis were prospering, but it is coming back. (66.11)

66.10

“The Great American Mystery: A New Dissent on the Methods and Findings of the Warren Commission.” (Washington Post) Book Week, 28 August, 1, 11-13. Review of Rush to Judgment, by Mark Lane. According to Mailer, the editors at Book Week probably supplied the second half of this review’s title. Rpt: 72.7, 82.19 and Village Voice (1 September), where the acknowledgments of 72.7 say, erroneously, that this review first appeared.

66.9

“In and Out of Books: Mailer.” Article-interview by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt. New York Times Book Review, 21 August, 8. Brief comment on the theatrical version of The Deer Park: A Play (67.13), and his novel-in- progress, Why Are We in Vietnam? (67.15). Mailer also tells his friend Lehmann-Haupt that he has never taken LSD. “I’m leery of it . . . too old. I’m an old-fashioned pothead, you know, though marijuana probably provides similar experiences.”

66.8

“On Cannibals and Christians.” Dissent 13 (May-June), 304-6. Essay. Rpt: As “Introducing Our Argument” in 66.11. See 66.5. Rpt: 13.1.

66.7

“Pearl or Jew?” Letter to the editor. New York Review of Books, 28 April, 26-27. Response to Richard G. Stern’s description in the New York Review of Books, 17 February, titled “Report from the MLA.” Stern reports what Mailer said and did in an elevator in the Palmer House in Chicago in December 1965, and also gives an account of Mailer’s “corrosive, brilliant” MLA talk (66.5). Mailer cites 66.3 in his letter, which is followed by Stern’s friendly disagreement with Mailer’s version. Rpt: As “To the New York Review of Books” in 72.7, 82.19.