86.15

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“Mailer Offers a PEN Post-Mortem.” Article-interview by Walter Goodman. New York Times, 27 January, Sec. C, p. 24. Summary of the PEN Congress from Mailer’s perspective. He discusses the conference’s theme, “The Writer’s Imagination and the Imagination of the State”; his invitation of Secretary of State Shultz; and the way the panels were chosen by standing committees (six of eight headed by women). See 85.1, 85.2, 85.6, 85.8, 85.9 and 1986 entries.