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“Jackie Squares Off with Norman Mailer.” Palm Beach News, 10 October. Account of a magazine launch party in Manhattan attended by Jacqueline Onassis and Mailer. Asked if she was “The Bitch Goddess” mentioned in his essay, “Some Children of the Goddess” in Cannibals and Christians (66.11), he denied it, and went on to say that “the Bitch Goddess is a metaphor, which reminds me,” and then explained that the metaphoric muse of his creative imagination sometimes crowded him as a journalist, adding, “when I interviewed [presidential candidate] Jimmy Carter, my head was filled with so many things that I started talking and then discovered, to my horror, that I’d gone on for 20 minutes.” Carter “just kept smiling.”