On 24 January, The Big Empty (06.2) is published. It is warmly, but not widely reviewed.
On 4 May, Judith McNally, Mailer's secretary for nearly three decades, dies. Mailer's health worsens, and his weight loss concerns his family and doctors. Two of his old friends die, Styron on 1 November, and Robert F. Lucid on 12 December. Mailer speaks at a Boston memorial for Styron on 14 December.