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“Outspoken in the ’60s, Mailer Mellows in His 60s.” Article-interview by Raymond G. Cushing. Minneapolis Star and Tribune, 25 April, Sec. C, pp. 1, 4. One more piece that attempts to contrast a young, fiery man with an older, mellow one. Cushing’s by-line says Los Angeles Times and this piece apparently appeared there first. Reflecting on his age, Mailer says that being “fifty caused a long, continuous woe. Fifty had an awful sound to it. Worse than sixty. Sixty feels all right. Forty felt great. Thirty felt lousy. Maybe I’ve just got something against odd numbers.”