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“Norman Mailer: Fact and Fiction.” Interview by Harvey Aronson. PD: Sunday Magazine of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 16 December, 4–6, 22–23. Solid interview that deals not with how Mailer lives, but how he writes. Asked if he outlined Tough Guys Don’t Dance (84.17) in his head, Mailer said: “More or less. The nearer I’d come to the approaching chapter, the more outline I’d get in my head. But I never try to tap my head, so to speak…I respect my unconscious. I walk around it.”