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Pieces and Pontifications (Pontifications edited with introduction by Michael Lennon). Boston: Little, Brown, 21 June; simultaneously as two softcovers, Pieces and Pontifications; Sevenoaks, Kent: New English Library, July 1983. Essays (208 pp.) and Interviews (192 pp.), respectively, $20

Dedication: “For my sister, Barbara.” Discarded titles: “After ‘The White Negro’”; “Sinking in the Seventies.” Most of the interviews in Pieces were trimmed by Mailer. Rpt: A number of the essays and interviews are reprinted in The Time of Our Time (98.7). See 76.15.


  • Brownmiller, Susan (June 13, 1982). "Mailer Blows Hot and Cold with His Pontifications". Chicago Tribune. pp. 1, 6. Mixed.
  • Fallowell, Duncan (August 13, 1983). "Pen against Mouth". The Spectator. pp. 25–226. Negative.
  • Feeney, Mark (June 25, 1982). "Not Mailer's Best, but Brilliant Anyway". Boston Globe. p. 84. Positive.
  • Herman, Jan (July 4, 1982). "Mailer Still Has Speed in the Sprints". Chicago Sun Times. p. 26. Positive.
  • Kakutani, Michiko (June 6, 1982). "Mailer Talking". New York Times. p. 3, 38–41. Positive. Rpt: Kakutani, Michiko (1988). The Poet at the Piano: Portraits of Writers, Filmmakers, Playwrights and Other Artists at Work. New York: Times Books. Lennon (1988).
  • Kanfer, Stefan (June 28, 1982). "Adrenaline and Flapdoodle". Time. p. 73. Negative.
  • Kendall, Elaine (July 11, 1982). "A Jumble of His Literary Licenses". Los Angeles Times. pp. 1, 6. Mixed.
  • Leonard, John (June 3, 1982). "[Review of PAP]". New York Times. Books of the Times. p. 25. Positive.
  • Tavernier-Courbin, Jacqueline (1984). "Review of Pontifications". Modern Fiction Studies. 34 (winter): 810–813. Positive.