“Mailer: I’m Sorry about the ‘Marilyn’ Book.” Article-interview by Sandra Pesman. Chicago Daily News, 21 May, 13. Report on a Chicago press conference promoting 74.9, at which Mailer also answered questions about Marilyn: A Biography (73.30), and lamented that he had “jumped into the ending without enough research.” See 1973 entries.
“The Talk of the Town: Notes and Comments.” New Yorker, 20 May, 29-34. Symposium contribution. Thirty-four individuals comment on the tape recordings made by President Nixon, including Mailer, William Scranton, Joseph A. Califano, Arthur Schleslinger Jr., William Westmoreland, George Reedy and John Kenneth Galbraith. Mailer’s comment is the longest. He calls Nixon “the stubbornest man in America,” a man “obliged to drink the cup of his own excretions.” Rpt: 98.7. See 74.13.
“Is He Writing the Big One?” Article-interview by Roger Ebert. Journal-Star (Peoria), 18 May, Sec. C, p. 10. Chicago Daily News-Sun Times wire story. Ebert discusses Mailer’s plans for a long new novel (Ancient Evenings, 83.18), and quotes Mailer on journalism and deadlines. Mailer is not quoted in an earlier article, “Mailer Getting $1-Million for Rights to Next Novel” by Eric Pace (New York Times, 21 February, Sec. C, p. 24), but both his agent, Scott Meredith, and his Little, Brown editor, Larned G. Bradford, are quoted. Unnamed sources are also quoted and provide the erroneous information that the novel will trace “a family from ancient history to future history” and end aboard a spaceship. Mailer corrected this story several times before 83.18 was published.
The Faith of Graffiti. Documented by Mervyn Kurlansky and Jon Naar. Prepared by Lawrence Schiller. Text by Norman Mailer. An Alskog Book, New York: Praeger, 7 May. Essay on New York City’s graffiti artists, 96 pp. (15 of text, 81 of photographs of graffiti art), $14.95.
Simultaneously as a softcover; London: Mathews, Miller Dunbar, with a different title: Watching My Name Go By.
“The Faith of Graffiti.” Esquire, May, 77-79, 88, 154, 157-58. Essay on New York City’s graffiti artists. Rpt: In an expanded form in 74.9.
Excerpts from acceptance speech. The MacDowell Colony: Report for 1973. Mrs. David F. Putnam, Secretary. Published after the 23 January annual meeting, in April or May. A report on the awarding of the Edward MacDowell Medal to Mailer on 19 August 1973 is given on pp. 12-13, including excerpts from Mailer’s acceptance speech: “…So the novelist…is out there…to deal with life as something that God did not give us as eternal and immutable, but rather gave us [as] something half-worked.” Rpt: Mailer gives a slightly longer and somewhat different excerpt from the speech in the preface to Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions, 1960-1972 (76.5). A 120-word excerpt from Mailer’s speech and the bulk of John Leonard’s introduction are reprinted in Medal Day at the Colony, a 1994 booklet published by the Colony. A quarter of a century later, Mailer again drew on his speech for the foreword to The Time of Our Time (98.7). See 73.35.
“Mailer Headlines Counter-Spy Pitch.” Article by Louise Lague. Washington Star-News, 25 March, Sec. D, pp. 1 and one additional page. Report on a reception to celebrate the merger of the organization Mailer launched at his 50th birthday party, “The Fifth Estate” (see 73.10), and CAR- IC, the Committee for Action/Research on the Intelligence Community, into one organization, which would in turn publish Counter-Spy magazine (see 75.4). Mailer said he wanted “to be remembered as old Uncle Norman who had something to do with it.” See also 73.2, 75.6 and “Follow-Up on the News,” New York Times, 17 March, 33.
“A Section of an Interview between Norman Mailer and David Young.” Scholastic: Notre Dame Review (special issue), 1 March, 5-9. Consists of half of a long, important interview on art, science, magic, religion and technology conducted in 1970. The other half appeared in 74.5.
“Frank Crowther: Norman Mailer, Part II.” Interview by Frank Crowther. Changes, no. 86 (mid-January), 25-26. In this interview conducted in fall 1971, Mailer responds to quotations served up by Crowther from E.B. White, Konrad Lorenz, Georges Simenon, William Burroughs, Alberto Giacometti and two Nobel laureates in science, Sir John Eccles and Peyton Rous. See 73.43a.