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2004

Mailer does two interviews (one in New York and the other in Playboy) with his son John Buffalo on politics, protest, marijuana and the Clinton-Lewinsky affairs, among other topics; these will become the basis for their jointly written 2006 book, The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience […]

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04.16

“ ‘A Certain Grim Pleasure’: Norman Mailer Speaks with Longtime Friend James Toback about Film.” V Life 397 (December 2004-January 2005), 76-79, 114-15. In a wide-ranging discussion on film and the horrors of modern life, Mailer also explains how the writing process has changed for him over the years: “I used to pride myself on […]

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04.15

“Reflections on Courage, Morality and Sexual Pleasure: A Spirited Exchange between Father and Son.” Conversation on these topics between Mailer and his son, John Buffalo. Playboy, December, 86-88, 98, 190-98. Important piece, with polite debate ad Mailer’s fullest discussion of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair. Rpt: (partial) 06.2.

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04.14

“The Lion on Canes.” Article by Richard Lee Fulgham. Posted 18 November. Account of a meeting with Mailer on 13 November 2004 at the Mailer Society meeting in Provincetown. Fulgham calls the members of the Society “sycophants,” and pushes his way into Mailer’s presence at an event at Mailer’s home. He asks Mailer if he […]

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04.13

“The Election and America’s Future.” New York Review of Books, 4 November, 6-17. Mailer is one of 14 individuals, including Russell Baker, Anthony Lewis, Thomas Powers, and Garry Wills, who contributed to this symposium. His 1200-word contribution, pp. 13-14, is divided into two parts. The first deals with the spiritual condition of the U.S., a […]

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04.12

“Norman Mailer: On Pot.” An Interview by Richard Stratton. High Times, November-December, 42-44, 88-89. Important interview with an old, close friend who served a prison term for marijuana smuggling, and was at the time of the interview the editor-in-chief of this magazine. It is Mailer’s most extensive interview on his ideas about and experience with […]

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04.11

“Norman Mailer: Poetic Lion in Winter.” Article by Gary Shapiro. New York Sun, 23 September. An account of Mailer’s reading of his poems, followed by a conversation with J. Michael Lennon, at the 92nd Street Y in mid-September. Mailer said, “When it comes to poetry, I felt like a high school athlete. I wrote me […]

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04.10

“Hemingway Challenge: 25 of Today’s Most Influential Writers Offer Original Fiction in 6 Words, No More, No Less.” Black Book, fall, 132-33. Mailer’s story: “Satan—Jehovah, fifteen rounds. A Draw.” The challenge is based on a 6-word piece by Hemingway: “For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Used.”

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04.9

“Mailer Takes Goodman to Task Over Election Issues.” Article by Ann Wood. Provincetown Banner, 29 July 2004, 3. Mailer interrupted a long-winded speaker To urge everyone to support John Kerry’s presidential bid. “The Republicans are hoping that we’ll make assholes of ourselves. They’re counting on it,” referring to his fear that someone would burn an […]

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04.8

“Father to Son: What I’ve learned about Rage.” A conversation between Mailer and his son John Buffalo. New York, 9 August, 28-35. Cover story (with editor’s title). In this lengthy conversation between Mailer and his youngest son, the chief topic is the upcoming Republican convention in New York and how protests against it might aid […]

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