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“State Poet Blasts Political Priorities.” Article by Paul Grondahl. Albany Times-Union, 14 November. Report on Mailer being named New York State author, and Audre Lorde state poet. Governor Mario Cuomo made the presentations. Asked if Cuomo could beat George W. Bush, Mailer said: “Hell, yeah. If there are enough serious people out there who will vote, there’s no way George Bush could beat Mario Cuomo.”