Along with Susan Sontag, Gay Talese and Gore Vidal, Mailer takes part in a 15 February reading (which he also directs) of George Bernard Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell (Act 3, Scene 2, the dream sequence of Man and Superman) at Carnegie Hall.
In June, he and Schiller interview Marina Oswald for five days in a Dallas Hotel.
In late July, his line drawings (later published in Modest Gifts: Poems and Drawings), are shown at the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown.
In late November, gives the keynote address at the Third Assassination Symposium on John F. Kennedy in Dallas.
Continues work on Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery.
Letter to Salman Rushdie. In The Rushdie Letters: Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Write, edited by Steve MacDonogh in association with Article 19 [of the United Nations Charter], p. 73. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. See 89.2–89.5, 89.8. Rpt: SLNM.
Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture. New York: Simon and Schuster. Memoir by Paul Krassner, editor of The Realist, which contains several accounts of meetings with Mailer, and Mailer’s ward, Jeanne Johnson. See 62.21.
Foreword to Bay/Sky, by Joel Meyerowitz, no pagination. Boston: Bullfinch Press, Little, Brown. Mailer adds 276 words of praise to Meyerowitz’s haunting photographs of the Cape Cod shoreline.
“Big Dealy: Dallas Postcard.” Article by Doug Smith. New Republic, 13 December, 11-12. Report on the Third Assassination Symposium on John F. Kennedy (ASK) held in Dallas in late November 1992, including quotes from Mailer’s keynote address. Smith notes that Mailer is working on a new book on the assassination, published as Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery (95.16).
“Does Fashion Matter?” Symposium, edited by Eric P. Nash. New York Times Magazine, 24 October, 46, 52, 58, 64, 72. As part of this issue, “How Fashion Broke Free: A Special Report on a Half-Century of Fashion in the Times,” 56 individuals were asked “Does fashion matter?” Some of those joining Mailer in answering were: Roy Blount Jr., Rev. Al Sharpton, Betty Friedan, Joan Rivers, Liz Smith, Gay Talese, David Dinkins and Susan Faludi. Mailer’s reply: “I have the uneasy feeling that fashion matters a good deal but in all the years I’ve been asking myself how and why, my questions remain more lively than my findings.”
“The Best Move Lies Very Close to the Worst.” Esquire, October, 60-62, 64, 186. Essay on boxing and Mailer’s relationship with Ryan O’Neal, with appearances by José Torres and Sylvester Stallone. Rpt: 98.7, MO.
“Picasso Biographer in a Blue Period: Has Mailer Painted Him into a Corner?” Article-interview by Doris Athineos. New York Observer, 30 August-6 September, 1, 23. Account of the dispute between Mailer and John Richardson, authorized biographer of Pablo Picasso, over Mailer’s desire to quote from the first volume of Richardson’s biography and Richardson’s refusal to let him. Mailer says that he had written “a one-volume interpretive biography [95.38], and I have things to say about Picasso that will open new arguments—that’s my hope.” Besides Mailer and Richardson, Jason Epstein, Random House editor of both, is quoted, as is Nan Talese, who supported Mailer, and Robert Rosenblum, an art history professor, who supported Richardson. See 93.2a, 93.3, 93.4.
“Mailer’s Latest Lines: The Well-known Author Makes His Debut as a Visual Artist in Provincetown.” Article-interview by Robert Taylor. Boston Globe (“Living/Arts”), 23 July, 39, 44. A second report on the exhibition of Mailer’s drawings in Provincetown. Mailer speaks about his artistic inclinations, but says more about his completed but unpublished biography of the young Picasso (95.38), then titled “Pablo and Fernande: A Portrait of Picasso as a Young Artist.” Doubleday was then expected to publish the book (Atlantic Monthly Press finally did), because Random House was the publisher of Picasso’s authorized biographer, John Richardson. See 93.3, 93.5, 94.8.
“Chapter Two: In Which Author Norman Mailer Offers Up Drawings He Says Exhibit Not a Lot of Talent, but Plenty of Flair.” Article-interview by Hamilton Kahn. Cape Cod Times, 23 July, Sec. C (“Capestyle”), pp. 1, 3. Mailer provides commentary on his line drawings, which were shown at the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown through 3 August as a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Mailer donated half of the proceeds from the sale of 25 of his drawings to the Center, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Mailer’s inspiration was the work of Pablo Picasso, whose work he had analyzed in a completed but unpublished book (95.38). “I can’t draw; I certainly can’t paint, and I have no illusions that either one is feasible for me. But what I could do was just sort of let my hand, in a sense, lead me—that is, draw without preconception.” The article also notes that Mailer is at work on a nonfiction book “about Lee Harvey Oswald in the Soviet Union” (95.16). See 93.4, 93.5.