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“Why? Why? Why? Why—Are We in Vietnam?” Interview with Pierre Dommergues. LeMonde Literary Supplement, early April, 1. No copy of the publication is available, only a six-page transcript of the interview. Mailer speaks boldly of the crisis in America because of the Vietnam War: “There has been a tendency toward civil war in America for the last ten years. An underground has been forming for all of those ten years and it is enormous now in its potential.” He goes on to speak of how the corporation mind has “conquered the American spirit and established a totalitarianism of the middle, a mediocrity of vision. There has been an absence of interesting or exciting language in high places ever since [Franklin D.] Roosevelt died.”