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“A Conversation with Norman Mailer.” Article-interview by Marcia Karp. ALSC Newsletter (publication of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics), 12 (winter), 10-11. Excerpts from the keynote event of the 205 ALSC conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at which J. Michael Lennon interviewed Mailer. Asked about the 1950s, Mailer said [ellipses in original]:

All decades have some new things, but the fifties were awful. You had to fight for liberty. . . . None of the five major obscenities were allowed. . . . Sexual repression. . . . One good thing about the fifties was they created the sixties. . . . Only some people were reached by the fifties self-criticism. Fiction then did have more liberty than film or the theater.