“Artistic License? Norman Mailer Paints a Controversial Picture of Picasso.” Article-interview by Alan G., Artner. Chicago Tribune, 19 November, Sec. 7 (“Arts and Entertainment”), pp. 1, 20. Artner, art critic for the Tribune, finds fault with Mailer’s methods and conclusions in 95.38, but quotes him fully and fairly on these matters.
“Mailer vs. Picasso at Harvard.” Article-interview by M.R. Montgomery. Boston Globe, 14 November, 77, 82. In Boston to promote 95.38, Mailer visits Harvard’s Fogg Museum for the first time since 1943 when he took a course on modern art in the Fogg. He notes that the reviews of 95.38 are “the worst I’ve ever gotten for a book,” which is accurate, although Barbary Shore (51.1) and Tough Guys Don’t Dance (84.17) received equally bad reviews.
“Norman Conquest: Mailer Profiles Picasso as a Young Man.” Article-interview by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh. Entertainment Weekly, 10 November. Little more than a squib based on Mailer’s tour of the Museum of Modern Art with the author, who quotes him briefly.
“Author to Author: Norman Mailer Talks with Jay McInerney.” Interview. Providence Phoenix, 10 November, Sec. 1, pp. 10-11, 15; cover story. One of the best interviews on Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man (95.38). Mailer tells McInerney that he feels “more street smart after I’ve looked at a lot of Picasso drawings or paintings. He understood people so well. He had the gifts of one of the greatest draftsmen who ever lived, but he had the mind of a novelist in a funny way. His eye for character is incredible.” Other matters discussed include John Richardson, Picasso’s view of sex, fame, James Jones, Ernest Hemingway, and the response of reviewers to 95.38. Accompanied by an excerpt from part 6 of the biography, “Gertrude Stein.”
“Art Attack: Norman Mailer Fires Back at Critics of His Portrait of Picasso.” Article-interview by Mary Voelz Chandler. Rocky Mountain News, 6 November, Sec. D (“Arts and Entertainment”), pp. 5, 7. Mailer responds, in general terms, to the art critics who wrote negative reviews of 95.38.
“Norman Conquest.” Article-interview by Mary Ann Grossman. Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 4 November, “Showtime” Sec., p. 1. Prior to speaking at Macalester College, Mailer spoke to Grossman about 95.38. The piece is most memorable for a surprising error: she writes that Mailer spoke of his close relationship with James Joyce; he was referring to James Jones.
“Kindred Spirits: Mailer and Picasso.” Article-interview by Pete Hamill. Art News, November, 208-13. Mailer talks about his relationship with the painters of Provincetown and Greenwich Village in this long, easy, Provincetown conversation with Hamill, an old friend, who wrote about Mailer’s influence on him in his memoir, A Drinking Life (Boston: Little, Brown, 1994). After Picasso, Hans Hoffman and Andy Warhol are the two artists Mailer says the most about.
“Questions about Mailer’s Artistry Arise after Publication of Picasso.” Article-interview by Regina Hackett of the Seattle-Post-Intelligencer. Vancouver Sun, 31 October. In Seattle to promote 95.38, Mailer discusses his credentials for writing an interpretive biography.
“Picasso Couldn’t Box, but He Could Paint Like Hell, Says Norman Mailer.” Article-interview by Bruce Barcott. Seattle Weekly, 25 October, 19. Mailer, in Provincetown, is interviewed by telephone in anticipation of his appearance at the Seattle Art Museum on 28 October, where he lectured on Picasso and read from 95.38. He explains how he spent two months in 1962 looking at every page in Christian Zervos’s 33-volume collection of Picasso’s paintings and drawings.