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.
Tag Archives | 1989
“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 […]
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 […]
“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.
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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.
“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, […]
“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?
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 […]