Continues work on “the Egyptian novel.”
Summers in Mt. Desert, ME.
Comments. In “The Prisoner of Sex.” In We Must March My Darlings: A Critical Decade, by Diana Trilling, passim. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The best report on “A Dialogue on Women’s Liberation” at Town Hall in New York, 30 April 1971. Rpt: Critical Essays on Norman Mailer, edited by J. Michael Lennon. Boston: G.K. Hall, December 1986. See 71.16–71.20, 71.23, 71.27.
Comments. In Shadow Box, by George Plimpton, passim. New York: Putnam’s. Mailer is quoted at length in Plimpton’s book on boxing. Both of them covered the 1974 Muhammad Ali-George Foreman boxing match in Zaire. Rpt: As “Hunter Thompson and Norman Mailer” in The Best of Plimpton, edited by George Plimpton. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1980. See 75.12, 75.13, 08.3. See also “When We Were Kings,” the 1997 Academy Award-winning documentary on the fight. Both Mailer and Plimpton comment in the film on the fight of a quarter-century earlier.
“Norman Mailer: Writer.” Interview by Francesco Scavullo. In Scavullo on Men, by Francesco Scavullo, with Bob Colacello and Sean Byrnes, 126-29. New York: Random House. Focus on personal issues: marriage, divorce, children, drugs, clothes, health and aging.
“Writers’ Writers.” New York Times Book Review, 4 December, 3, 58, 62, 66, 70, 74. Mailer and 20 other writers respond to the question: “Who is the living writer you most admire?” Mailer says, “Good lord, I think it’s Henry Miller. Among writers nearer to my own age, I confess to a vast admiration for Gabriel García Márquez.” See 66.14, 76.12.
“A Transit to Narcissus.” New York Times Book Review, 4 December, 9, 94. Advance publication of Mailer’s introduction to his novel of the same title, written in 1942-43 and published in 1978. See 78.2.
“Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots.” Esquire, November, 125-48. Listed on the table of contents page under the heading “The Big Bite” (see 62.18). Essay-memoir in which Mailer recalls his appearances on television programs with Mike Wallace (see 58.2, 58.7, 73.19, 73.23), Truman Capote and Dorothy Parker (see 59.3, 73.22), Gore Vidal, Dick Cavett and a half-dozen others while advancing his ideas of television’s deadening effects. Mailer quotes in full on 139 a letter published in Women’s Wear Daily on 7 November 1970 (see 70.13a) about Vidal. Rpt: In a limited hardcover edition of 400 copies. Northridge, Calif.: Lord John Press, 1980 (80.25); 82.16; six separate excerpts from this piece are scattered throughout The Time of Our Time (98.7). See 77.4–77.6, 77.8, 77.9, 85.6, 91.3.