“Outrageously Fond of [Samuel] Goldwyn.” Letter to the editor. New York Times Book Review, 30 April, 24. Mailer corrects errors in Mordecai Richler’s 26 March review of Scott Berg’s Goldwyn, explaining that he did not pattern Herman Teppis in The Deer Park (55.4) on Goldwyn, “but L.B. Mayer (whom, in fact, I never met, but took pleasure in imagining).” Goldwyn, he continues, “treated me well—if eccentrically—and I remain outrageously fond of his memory.”
“Literary Influences.” A list of the literary influences of 53 writers. Compiled by Daniel Halpern. Antaeus 62 (spring), 232-44. Mailer lists the following: Jorge Luis Borges, John Dos Passos, Fyodor Dostoevski, James T. Farrell, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sir James Frazer, Ernest Hemingway, Karl Marx, Wilhelm Reich, Oswald Spengler, John Steinbeck, Stendhal, Leo Tolstoy.
“Words for Salman Rushdie.” New York Times Book Review, 12 March, 1, 28-29. In response to the Salman Rushdie crisis, 28 writers from 21 countries, offer words of support to him. Mailer, Ralph Ellison, Thomas Pynchon and Susan Sontag represent the U.S. Mailer says: “‘My country, right or wrong,’ Stephen Decatur said. That is faith. It seems all we writers who have no faith have been led back to one by your nightmare. The irony is that we have had it all along. We believe in freedom of expression as an absolute. How dangerous to use the word absolute, but you have pulled it forth from us—your health!” See 89.2–89.4, 89.8, 93.9.
“U.S. Muslims Urge Ban.” Article by Edwin McDowell. New York Times, 4 March, 3. At a 3 March news conference at United Nations Plaza called by the American Muslim Action Committee and by American writers who were supporting Salman Rushdie’s free speech, but were also seeking conciliation with the Muslims, Mailer, Robert K. Massie, J. Anthony Lukas and Letty Cottin Pogrebrin represented the writers. Mailer read a statement drafted by him expressing the position of the PEN American Center and the Authors Guild. Accompanied by Craig R. Whitney’s article, “Iran Rebuffs Britain on Rushdie’s Novel.” See 89.2, 89.4, 89.5, 89.8, 93.9.
“Norman Mailer Chills Out.” Article-interview by Janet Barker. Daily Breeze (Los Angeles County), 30 January, Sec. C (“Life/Arts”), pp. 1-2. On the occasion of a lecture at Congregation New Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes, Cal., Mailer spoke with Barker about his life as a writer. He said he was more than 1,000 pages into Harlot’s Ghost (91.26) and explained, “When I’m writing a novel, I work at least 200 days a year, maybe 250. I write about five or six pages a day.”