“Critics’ Influence on Campus Part of New Producer Mailer’s Insights.” Article-interview by Stuart Byron. Variety, 9 October. Mailer talks about the lessons he has learned in making films, and the difference between films and novels. “In book criticism it’s usual to treat a first novel with a certain amount of generosity. I really thought ‘Wild 90’ would be handled like that because it was my first film. But film critics have the attitude that you’ve got to know what you’re doing.”
“Mailer, McLuhan and Muggeridge: On Obscenity.” Transcript of a television program, “The Way It Is,” on CBLT (Toronto) moderated by Robert Fulford. The panel consisted of Mailer, Marshall McLuhan and Malcolm Muggeridge. Realist, October, 5-12. Rpt: 88.6 and (in a truncated form) in Montrealer, May 1968.
“Mailer’s Musings.” Interview by Harvey Matusow. International Times (London), 4-17 October, 5. Comment on demonstrations at the Pentagon and Democratic Convention in Chicago, Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, Eugene McCarthy and the Vietnam War.
“War & Peace: The Mailer Version.” Article-interview by John McClosky. Men’s Wear, 4 October, 170-73, 189. A record of some conversations among the cast of Maidstone, and Sen. Jacob Javits and his wife Marian, both friends of Mailer. Lady Jeanne Campbell is quoted: “You know, Norman is such a great artist. I just don’t understand his concentration on violence. We have it all around us. I think the task of the artist is to go beyond violence. To lead us to some higher plane . . . to the spiritual.” See 68.16–68.16c
“Norman Mailer: Why Do People Dislike America?” Profile-interview by Oriana Fallaci. The Egotists: Sixteen Surprising Interviews. Chicago: Regnery, October, 1-18. Conducted in April 1967, this unusual interview focuses on the American character, America and Europe, and violence. Rpt: As “Interview with Norman Mailer” (minus the prefatory five-page profile) in Writer’s Digest, December 1969, 40-47, 81; cover photograph of Mailer. Mailer complained about Fallaci’s inaccuracy in 70.5.
“Pooter: Vidal on Mailer on Vidal.” Interview by unidentified interviewer. London Times, 21 September. Linked interviews with Gore Vidal and Mailer on politics. Mailer says, “I don’t agree with Gore much about anything, but if you smelted us together we’d make one great politician.”
“Hundred Injured: 178 Are Arrested as Guardsmen Join in Using Tear Gas.” Article by J. Anthony Lukas. New York Times, 29 August, Sec L. pp. 1, 23. Report on the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, including a description of the Grant Park Rally where Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Genet, William Burroughs and Dick Gregory spoke. Mailer said: “I’m a little sick about all this and also a little mad, but I’ve got a deadline on a long piece and I’m not going to go out and march and get arrested. I just came here to salute all of you.” The piece referred to is Miami and the Siege of Chicago (68.25).
“Newsmakers.” Article by unidentified writer. Newsweek, 12 August. Another squib on the violence on the set of Maidstone. Mailer: “The whole picture is charged with violence and in the four estates on which we worked, not a plate was broken, not an item was stolen. I think that’s a pretty good record.” See 68.16, 68.16a, 68.16b, 68.21a.