“Norman Mailer: Why I Am Protesting the Presidency.” Interview by Amy Goodman. Transcript of interview on radio station WOMR in Provincetown on the eve of the 2004 Democratic convention, June 26-29. Mailer endorses Sen. John Kerry, and lambastes President Bush as a toady of corporations. He also speaks at length about the efficacy of the 1967 March on the Pentagon.
“An Excerpt from Mailer’s Last Interview.” By J. Michael Lennon. Mailer Review, 17-20. Mailer discusses his friend Robert Lindner, and the founding of the Village Voice in this interview, conducted in Provincetown 18 September 2007, less than two months before his death.
“Please Do Not Understand Me Too Quickly.” Interview by Michael Lee. In Winter Tales: Men Write about Aging, edited by Duff Brenna and Thomas E. Kennedy. Florham Park, NJ: Serving House Books, 15-37.
“Norman Mailer’s Eclectic Life, as Seen Through His Last Home.” Article-interview by Joseph Berger. New York Times, 2 May. A portrait of Mailer’s Brooklyn Heights apartment, with his son Michael giving a guided tour.
Mailer’s words are recalled by Michael. He said to him in his later years: “I could not have been the writer I am today and been more of a father to you.” Michael answered, “I’d take quality over quantity any day.”
“Mailer’s Final Legacy.” Article-interview by Sue Fox. Times (London), 8 August, 8. Memoir with quotes from Mailer in the hospital just before he died, and from John Buffalo Mailer, Norris Church Mailer, Lawrence Schiller and Dwayne Raymond, Mailer’s assistant.
“Author, Auteur: A Conversation with Norman Mailer.” By Michael Chaiken. Mailer Review, 407-20. A discerning interview with Mailer on his films.
“The Lion in Winter: Five Snapshots.” Article-interview by Andrew O’Hagan. New York Observer, 13 November. Four of the snapshots are accounts of meetings with Mailer—in Provincetown in 1997; London, 2002; Provincetown again in 2007; and at the New York Public Library, Mailer’s penultimate public appearance with Günter Grass, 28 July 2007. Asked if he feels superior to his younger self, Mailer said: “I just look at him and think what a fool he is . . . you’ve got to remain a fool at all costs.” He also tells O’Hagan that his favorite poem is Yeats’ “The Second coming”: “It gives me the prodigious disruption that has lived at the heart of the 20th century. There is something wrong, something unbalanced about this century; we all have a sense of unease about where the future is going.”
“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 work the next day. I got to the point where I couldn’t do that. Either I wrote, or I had a good time.