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The Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays of Norman Mailer. Edited by Phillip Sipiora. Introduction by Jonathan Lethem. New York: Random House, 15 October. 625 pp., $40. No dedication. Forty-nine of the most important Mailer essays, 1948-2006, including one previously unpublished: “Freud,” a four-page reflection from the mid-1950s. The only comprehensive collection of Mailer’s essays.

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08.7

“What’s Wrong with America: Five Proposals.” With introductory note by J. Michael Lennon. Mailer Review, 216-18. Written as part of a 1992 Chrysler Corporation project advertising supplement that would extol Chrysler cars and be accompanied by “ideas you don’t want to hear” from a variety of writers. The project was abandoned. One of Mailer’s proposals […]

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07.41

“The Author at Home: Norman Mailer.” Essay-interview by Robert McCrum. Observer, 11 November, 28. Thoughtful essay, speckled with quotes from Mailer: New York was grinding me down. I loved New York, too much. When I was younger I used to be able to go out and drink and eat and have a good time, and […]

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07.24

“The Lion in Winter: Norman Mailer Talks about Writing His First Novel in a Decade.” Essay-interview by Caro Llewellyn. Weekend Australian, 31 March, 1.

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05.7

“On Sartre’s God Problem.” Nation 280, 6 June, 30, 32. Mailer’s mixes praise of Sartre with criticism for his atheism. See 55.11. Rpt: MO.

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05.1a

“One Idea.” Parade, 23 January, 4-6. A plea for children to be encouraged more, and that television commercials be banned. Mailer is pictured on the cover with his granddaughter Natasha Lancaster.

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05.1

“America and Its War with the Invisible Kingdom of Satan.” Sunday Times (London), 23 January 2005 (subscription required). Brief essay on the narratives offered by the Bush administration to explain “why we were so obviously hell-bent for war.” Reprint.

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04.2

“Immodest Proposals.” Playboy, January 2004, 90-94,198, 266, 268, 270, 272. Fiftieth anniversary issue. Long essay outlining a platform for the Democrats in the 2004 election, including ideas on corporations, taxes, education, the environment, drug decriminalization, abortion, gay marriage, homeland security, the Iraq War, and foreign policy. Rpt: MO.

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03.21

“We Went to War Just to Boost the Male Ego.” The Times (London), 29 April, 20 (subscription required). Essay of approximately 1500 words in which Mailer argues that Pres. Bush went to war because “we very much needed a war” to offset the sinking economy, the loss of face resulting from scandals in the Catholic […]

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03.18

Why Are We at War? New York: Random House, 7 April. Essay and Interviews. 11 pp. $7.99. Dedication: “To Norris.” Soft cover. A polemic against the Iraq War assembled from two interviews (02.9, 02.10), and a speech from the period September 2002 to February 2003 (03.20).

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