83.46

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“Making Ends Meet: James Campbell Meets Norman Mailer.” Article-interview by James Campbell. Literary Review, July, 28–31. On the English tour for 83.18, Mailer breakfasts with Campbell and discusses his new novel, irony in literature, the respective merits of journalism and the novel, and some of his contemporaries: James Baldwin, Saul Bellow and James Jones. He notes that his “toughest” journalistic assignment was his piece for Life (71.14) on the first Ali-Frazier fight. He had 32 hours to write 9,500 words.