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“Some Casual Notes on Norman Mailer.” Article-interview by Ivan Sandroff. Worcester (Mass.) Gazette, 13 May. Report on Mailer’s speech given when he received the National Book Award for The Armies of the Night (68.8). Sandroff gives several of Mailer’s comments on the chaos in the country, and this: “The act of writing is so damnably hard, such a grind and so grim that I hate to do it. It’s a high, severe, strict duty.”