66.6

“Will Success Spoil the ‘Village Voice.’” Article by Mel Gussow. New York [Herald Tribune] Magazine, 10 April, 12-13, 20. Gussow quotes Mailer briefly in this article, which chronicles the rise to prominence and respectability of the Village Voice.

66.5

“Modes and Mutations: Quick Comments on the Modern American Novel.” Commentary, March, 37-40. Essay containing his most considered overview of American literature. First presented at the 1965 Modern Language Association meeting in Chicago. Rpt: Slightly revised as “The Argument Reinvigorated” in 66.11 and The American Novel Since World War II, edited by Marcus Klein. Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett, 1969, MO. See 66.3, 66.7, 66.8.

66.4

“What about Immolation?” Letter to the editor. New York Times Magazine, 20 February, 21. Complaint that his comments about a man burning himself in protest of the Vietnam War were cut out of the magazine’s report on the meeting of the Theatre of Ideas. See 66.2.

66.3

“What Norman Means….” Article by James Yuenger. Chicago Tribune Magazine, 6 February, 50, 52. Account of presentations by Mailer, Ralph Ellison and John Cheever at the 1965 Modern Language Association meeting in Chicago. Mailer’s presentation consisted largely of 66.5. See 66.7.

66.2

“A Band of New York Intellectuals Meets with Prof. Schlesinger for a Talk-In on Vietnam.” New York Times Magazine, 6 February, 12, 72, 74-80. Partial transcript of a meeting of a Theatre for Ideas panel consisting of Irving Kristol, Staughton Lynd, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Michael Walzer and moderator Elizabeth Hardwick. Mailer, in the audience, comments on communism’s self-destructive tendencies on 78. See 66.4.

66.1

“3 Poems.” East Side Review 1 (January-February), 43. First and only issue. First poem titled “Epitaph of a Rail”; the others (untitled) begin: “Your idea of sucking cock” and “Mr. Answer Man what is a weapon.” Rpt: 66.11.