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1998

On 6 May, 50 years to the day after the publication of The Naked and the Dead, Mailer’s anthology of his work, The Time of Our Time, is published and receives a warm reception. The publication party, also a celebration of Mailer’s recent 75th birthday, gathers a large crowd at the Rainbow Room of Rockefeller […]

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[Flower drawing] In Signature Flowers: A Revealing Collection of Celebrity Drawings, edited by Victoria Leacock. Foreword by Molly Ringwald. Introduction by George Plimpton. New York: Broadway Books. One hundred flowers drawn by celebrities and artists, accompanied by a brief biography.

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“At the Point of My Pen.” In Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction. Edited by Will Blythe, 3-4. Boston: Little, Brown, 1998 Mailer leads of this collection of essays by 26 writers, including Rick Bass, Robert Stone, Richard Ford, and Jayne Anne Phillips. He retells the story about what Jean Malaquais told […]

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“A Man Half Full.” New York Review of Books, 17 December, 18, 20-23. Review of A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe. Contains some of Mailer’s most considered and thoughtful comments on novel-writing.

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“Mailer: Lion and Pussycat.” Article by Matt Nesvisky. Jerusalem Post, 14 December, 20. Report on a wide-ranging talk Mailer gave to an unidentified Jewish audience, including remarks on architecture. Unlike the great cathedrals of Europe, Mailer said that modern buildings are often “a fortress of exclusion that reinforces the insignificance of the individual.” Speaking of […]

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“Mailer Charms Central Students.” Article-interview by Anthony R. Cannela. Hartford Courant, 6 December, Sec. B, pp. 1, 3. Report, with brief Mailer quotes, of his 4 December visit to Barry Leeds’s Mailer course at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

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“Writer Norman Mailer Talks about Religion, Abortion, Clinton.” Article-interview by Joshua Karetny. Daily Pennsylvanian, 3 November, 11. Report on Mailer’s keynote address at the Jewish Book Festival at the Gershwin YM-YWHA in Philadelphia.

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“Prize Writer.” Article-interview by Lynn Barber. Chicago Sun-Times, 4 October. This interview took place at Mailer’s Brooklyn apartment, and focuses on The Time of Our Time (98.7). Mailer explained that he found some weaknesses in some of his writing when assembling the collection— something wasn’t as good as I remembered it and then I wanted […]

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“Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Barney Rossett: Their Struggles Against Censorship Recalled.” Interviews by Edward DeGrazia, fall, 11 pages. Comments by those named concerning the Boston trial of William Burroughs novel, Naked Lunch. See 63.8, 65.1, 65.13, 81.21, 92.12.

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“Making Books: ‘Private Ryan’ Reviews a Genre.” Article-interview by Martin Arnold. New York Times, 30 July, Sec. E, p.3. Discussion of the “concentrated carnage” in Stephen Spielberg’s film, “Saving Private Ryan” and how it parallels The Naked and the Dead (48.2), which Arnold calls “arguably the greatest combat novel ever written by an American.” Mailer […]

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