The Essential Mailer. Sevenoaks, Kent: New English Library, 1 August. Miscellany, 586 pp. Combines The Short Fiction of Norman Mailer (67.11) and Existential Errands (72.7), with two excisions: the introduction to 67.11, which was reprinted in 72.7, appears only once in 82.19: at the beginning of the short fiction; original dedication to 72.7 was dropped.
“Artful Subtleties.” Letter to the editor. Time, 19 July, 5-6. Mailer complains about being quoted out of context by Stefan Kanfer in his 28 July review of 82.16.
Interview by Jean Stein. In Edie: An American Biography, by Jean Stein; edited with George Plimpton, 234, 315. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 28 June. Mailer’s comments deal with Edie Sedgwick’s acting in Andy Warhol’s film, “Kitchen,” and her tryout for a part in his play The Deer Park (67.13). See 97.24.
Pieces and Pontifications (Pontifications edited with introduction by Michael Lennon). Boston: Little, Brown, 21 June; simultaneously as two softcovers, Pieces and Pontifications; Sevenoaks, Kent: New English Library, July 1983. Essays (208 pp.) and Interviews (192 pp.), respectively, $20
Dedication: “For my sister, Barbara.” Discarded titles: “After ‘The White Negro’”; “Sinking in the Seventies.” Most of the interviews in Pieces were trimmed by Mailer. Rpt: A number of the essays and interviews are reprinted in The Time of Our Time (98.7). See 76.15.
Here, then, are two sides of myself as I survived the Seventies—my literary ghost looking for that little refinement of one’s art which becomes essential as one grows older, and the cry of the street debater, front and center, who always speaks in the loudest voice. (82.16)
Letters to Mike Lennon (30 January 1972, 7 October 1974). Excerpts reprinted in J. Michael Lennon’s essay, “Mailer’s Cosmology,” Modern Language Studies, 12 (summer), 18-29. Mailer’s comments deal with his cosmology, “obviously the most ticklish, dense, incomprehensible and for most readers perverted part of my thicket,” and “the difficulty in comprehending the authority of the senses,” respectively. Rpt: Critical Essays on Norman Mailer, edited by J. Michael Lennon. Boston: G.K. Hall, December 1986, 14.3. See 59.2, 75.2, 75.11, 83.45, 89.11.
“Mailer Talking.” Interview by Michiko Kakutani. New York Times Book Review, 6 June, 3, 38-41. On the occasion of the publication of Pieces and Pontifications (82.16), Mailer discusses the trajectory of his own career, the transition from “embattled artist” to “alchemical artist,” and comments on the power of Ernest Hemingway’s style. Rpt: 88.6; Kakutani’s The Poet at the Piano: Portraits of Writers, Filmmakers, Playwrights and Other Artists at Work. New York: Times Books, 1988.
Letter to the editor. New York Times Magazine, 18 April, 30. Mailer responds to Rebecca West’s comments about him in a 4 April article.
“Convict Author Given Term of 15 Years to Life.” Article by Reuters News Service correspondent. Boston Globe, 16 April, 4. Report on the sentencing of Jack Henry Abbott for the killing of Richard Adan; Mailer is quoted: “The real question is when does a man expiate his crime.” See 80.9, 1981 and other 1982 entries.
“Mailer Sells U.S. the Brooklyn Bridge.” Article by Sharon Churcher. New York, 29 March 1982, 9. Snippet explaining how Mailer wrote to James Michener, who was on a committee that advised the postal service on commemorative stamps, recommending that the Brooklyn Bridge be given a stamp: “God, I think it’s a lovely piece of steel . . . it would make a honey of a stamp.”