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1989

In February and March, attends meetings and writes statements in support of Salman Rushdie. On 11 October, he receives the Emerson-Thoreau Medal for distinguished achievement in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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“Norman Mailer: Ten Favorite American Novels.” The Reader’s Catalog: An Annotated Selection of More than 40,000 of the Best Books in Print in 208 Categories. Edited by Geoffrey O’Brien with Stephen Wasserstein and Helen Morris. New York: Jason Epstein/Random House. Mailer’s ten favorite American novels are in a box on page 259, one of a […]

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Introduction to Messages: New and Selected Poems, 1969-1989, by Luke Breit, 5-8. Fort Bragg, CA: Q.E.D. Press, 1989. Softcover. Mailer praises Bret (son of Mailer’s friend, the late Harvey Breit) for being “one of the best romantic poets we’ve got” and for giving him a lift. “Luke Breit is Doctor Breit, Traffic Consultant for locked-up […]

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“Norman Mailer Complains about Mention in ‘Tru.’” Article by Glenn Collins. New York Times, 21 December, 28. Report on a disagreement between Mailer and Jay Presson Allen, author of “Tru,” a one-man Broadway play about Truman Capote, starring Robert Morse.

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“Cosmic Ventures: A Meditation of God at War.” Esquire, December, 156-57. Mailer refines his ideas on the nature of God first given in “Hip, Hell and the Navigator” (59.2): “It has occurred to me since, despite my reputation as a male chauvinist, that God may be referred to as ‘She’ as legitimately (for all we […]

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“Harlot’s Ghost: An Excerpt.” Story 37 (Autumn), 10-13. Advance excerpt from novel of same title (91.26). In a note prefacing this excerpt (which erroneously notes that Mailer was a chemistry major at Harvard), Mailer is quoted on the importance of winning the Story college short story contest in 1941: “Obviously it was one of the […]

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“Checking In with Norman Mailer.” Interview with Carole Mallory. Smart, September-October, 96-102. Wide-ranging interview: his novel-in-progress, Harlot’s Ghost (91.26), Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, E.L. Doctorow’s Billy Bathgate, the media, greed and wealth in the 80s, his directorial aspirations, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and abortion.

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“A Folly Repeated: On Conviction and Creative Freedom, as Reflected by the Salman Rushdie Controversy.” Writer’s Digest, July, 80, 78-79. Full statement read in New York on 22 February at a meeting of hundreds of writers in support of Salman Rushdie. Some of the writers present were Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, E.L. Doctorow, Susan Sontag, […]

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“Books: Moonraker.” Interview by Tom Piazza.” Omni, July, 18, 78. Mailer revisits some of the questions he raised in Of a Fire on the Moon (71.1), including the ultimate one: was Apollo 11 a noble or an insane venture?

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Letter to the Editor. The Humanist, July/August. Mailer’s updates his definition of what a humanist is (his old one appeared in the October-November, 1951 issue), by stating that the Impressionist and post-Impressionists  “were still painting out of a world where proportions of the human himself” were still in evidence, whereas in the current period art […]

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