“The Martyrdom of Mailer.” Profile-interview by Andrew O’Hagan. Guardian Weekend (London), 30 August, 10-12, 14, 17-19; cover photograph of Mailer by Frank Ockenfels. Despite several errors in his profile, O’Hagan does provide some thoughtful Mailer quotations: on The Naked and the Dead (48.2), immigrant to America and the identity crises they faced, current literary criticism, Vietnam, Harlot’s Ghost (91.26), socialism and Christianity, The Gospel According to the Son (97.13), and Ernest Hemingway:
I once wrote that for years he hadn’t written anything that would bother an eight-year old….I might have felt what I said, but, after all, the man had been working in the vineyard all his life, and you wouldn’t say that of an old grape-picker. But now it’s my turn in the barrel.
Accompanied by the first of three excerpts from 97.13; parts two and three appeared on 31 August and 1 September, respectively.
Letter to the Editor. Ann Shayne, editor, “Meet the Author,” Book Page, 29 August. Mailer answers question about The Gospel According to the Son (97.13). To the question, “What one thing would like to learn to do,” he answers, “Levitate.” Rpt: SLNM.
“The Gospel…according to Mailer.” Article-interview by Julie Irwin. (Elmira, N.Y.) Star-Gazette, 20 August, Sec. 5 (“Twin Tiers Life”), p. 5. Still another report based on a telephone interview with Mailer. Accompanied by a brief excerpt (the miracle of the loaves and fishes) from 97.13. See 97.16, 97.18, 97.20.
“Mailer’s Not So Bad after All.” Column by Lois Blinkhorn. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 June. Another piece based on a telephone interview with journalists around the country. See 97.16, 97.18, 97.21.
“Friendly Legend: Tributes to Ginsberg.” Rolling Stone, 9 May, 40-43. Along with William S. Burroughs, Ken Kesey, Gregory Corso, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and several others, Mailer offers a brief valedictory comment on the late poet, lauding his courage at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. See 68.18.
“Mailer Defends Novel in Spirited Dowagiac Lecture.” Article by Miles White. South Bend Tribune, 18 May. Report on Mailer’s appearance at the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in Dowagiac, Ind. on 16 May.
“Latest Retelling of Jesus’ Life Is by ‘Reckless Talent.’” Column by Ina Hughes. Knoxville News-Sentinel, 18 May. Mailer’s brief remarks in this column seem to be taken from the same telephone conversation reported in 97.16. See 97.20, 97.21.
“Mailer Uncensored.” Article by Mark Fisk. Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph, MI), 17 May, 1A, 4a. Mailer defended his latest novel, The Gospel According to the Son (97.13) at the Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in a 90-minute monologue. He said that his wife, Norris, told him “You’ve done some stupid things in your life, but this is the stupidest.” He replied that he was now in his 70s and could “take some chances.” He also excoriated capitalism, saying that “the men of Mammon are running the world. I’m just enough of a Marxist still to see that money leeches out every other value out of human affairs.”
“Courage in Profiles: Attacked by Critics for His Hubris, Norman Mailer Nonetheless Tackles the Tough Topics.” Article-interview by Paul Galloway. Chicago Tribune, 12 May, Sec. 5 (“Tempo”), pp. 1, 5. In Chicago to promote 97.13, Mailer talks to Galloway and appears on WGN radio’s “Extension 720” with interviewer Milt Rosenberg. Again he discusses the first person point of view used in 97.13, and his admiration for the Jesus story, which he calls “the keel of western civilization.”
“The Gospel According to Norman.” Article-interview by Doug Riggs. Providence Journal, 11 May. Based on a telephone interview in early May with 20 book reviewers and editors, this brief piece adds little to earlier articles on 97.13. See 97.18, 97.20, 97.21.