1990

Continues work on Harlot’s Ghost.

John, Norris, Norman (c.1990)

90.5

“Library Hosts 1990 Hemingway Conference.” Article by unidentified writer. John F. Kennedy Library Newsletter, Fall, 3-4. At a conference at the J.F.K. Library, Mailer said of Hemingway, “He was maybe the most competitive American writer who ever lived. And that is an enormous remark.”

90.4

“In P-Town, a Night of Mailer and Memories.” Article by Jeff McLaughlin. Living, Boston Globe, 20 August, 44. Report on a benefit for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum at the home of Reggie Cabral, art collector and owner of the Atlantic House in Provincetown. Mailer read from his poems and Tough Guys Don’t Dance (84.17).

90.3

“A Doctor Is No Better than His Patient: An Interview with Norman Mailer.” Self-interview. Cosmopolitan, May, 332-33, 404. Mailer explains in a headnote that the questions he answers are a mixture of his own and those submitted by the editors of Cosmopolitan. One of Mailer’s most detailed discussions of sexual matters: timed orgasm, guilt, promiscuity, sex aids, loneliness and “the lost art of cleavage.” Asked if he has ever felt disloyal, he says, “Oh, yes. Absolutely. I’m haunted by it. When you have children, you feel your disloyalties more. There’s an indefinable integument that surrounds children.” See 73.40, 81.23.

90.2

Letter to Peter Balbert (31 January 1989). Rpt: In Balbert’s essay, “From Lady Chatterly’s Lover to The Deer Park: Lawrence, Mailer, and the Dialectic of Erotic Risk.” Studies in the Novel 22 (spring 1990), 67-81. Mailer explains his “spoof” of identifying a passage from The Deer Park (55.4) as being from Lawrence in one of his Esquire Big Bite columns (63.11), reprinted in Existential Errands (72.7).

90.1

“Norman Mailer: The Power of Sex.” Interview by Carole Mallory. M: The Civilized Man, February, 79-83, 146; cover photograph of Mailer. Discussion of marriage, sex and ego with asides on Henry Miller, D.H. Lawrence, Clint Eastwood, Sarah Ferguson and George Bush. Asked what is the chief difference between men and women, Mailer says, “If you’re talking about middle-class urban professional intellectuals who go to offices and work, the difference between them is 2 on a scale of 100.”