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2001

At the invitation of John Irving, Mailer, Norris and George Plimpton perform a staged reading of Zelda, Scott and Ernest in Manchester, VT. The play, written by Plimpton and Tom Quinn, is drawn entirely from the correspondence of Ernest Hemingway (played by Mailer), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Plimpton), and Zelda Fitzgerald (Norris). Over the next two […]

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02.4

“It Seems a Bit Impolite for the U.S. to Wave the Flag in the Whole World’s Face.” Opinion piece by E.R. Shipp. New York Daily News, 18 February. Shipp quotes Mailer’s comments about excessive patriotism from an unnamed British newspaper:  “Has there ever been a big, powerful country that is as patriotic as America? And […]

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01.9

“Norman Mailer: Stupidity Brings Out Violence in Me.” Interview by Lawrence Groebel. In Endangered Species: Writers Talk about Their Craft, Their Visions, Their Lives, edited by Lawrence Groebel, 289-316. Cambridge, MA: DaCapo Press. Focus is on violence, the craft of writing, and Mailer’s views of several other writers, Vidal and Capote, most notably. Rpt: (partial) […]

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01.8

Foreword to Enduring Justice: Photographs, by Thomas Roma. N.p. New York: Powerhouse Books. One-page foreword on the power of Roma’s black-and-white photographs taken at the Brooklyn Criminal Court Building from 1997 to 1999. Rpt: Talk magazine, August, 2001, 110.

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01.7

“Epstein Looks Back—and Ahead—at Publishing.” Article-interview by Hillel Italie. AP wire story, 25 November. Epstein talks at length about the future of digital publishing, and also describes Mailer when he first knew him: “Brilliant, difficult, dangerous . . . You never know if he was going to hit you or kiss you. But he had […]

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01.6

“‘The Wisdom of a Serious Redneck’: Norman Mailer Remembers James Jones,” edited by J. Michael Lennon. James Jones Literary Society Newsletter 10, no. 4, fall, 2-4. An edited transcription of Mailer’s remarks made by Mailer at a 1999 Jones Society symposium at Long Island University. In this long, fascinating talk, Mailer recounts the circumstances of […]

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01.5

“Norman and Norris Mailer Seem Letter-Perfect for Roles of Literary Legends Who Lived Large.” Article-interview by Debbie Foreman. Cape Cod Times, 15 September, B1-B2. Both Mailers discuss the dramatic dialogue, “Zelda, Scott and Ernest,” they will present with George Plimpton later in September in Provincetown. Of Hemingway, Mailer says: He changed the ways in which […]

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01.4

“Ruin More Beautiful than the Building.” Article-interview by Ann Treneman. (London) Times, 13 September. Mailer comments on the attack on the World Trade Centre. He described the buildings before the attack a “two huge buck teeth” and said the ruin was more striking. He watched the event unfold on television non-stop for several hours in […]

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01.3

“Review: Zelda, Scott and Ernest.” By Dan Rattiner. Dan’s Papers, 31 August, 57. Following his review of George Plimpton’s and Terry Quinn’s dramatic dialogue based on the letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway (portrayed, respectively, by Plimpton, Norris Church Mailer and Mailer), are some quotes from the Q and A following […]

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01.2

“A Conversation with Norman Mailer.” By Michael Lee. Cape Cod Voice, 2-5 August, 12-13, 53-54. Long, penetrating interview in which Mailer discusses the shape of his career, John Cheever, his Provincetown friend, poet Eddie Bonetti, and much more. At the outset, he says, I used to feel that I didn’t know anything because I got […]

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