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“Elusive Mailer ‘Older, Wiser’ on Eve of New Novel’s Release.” Article-interview by Carrie Izard Richardson. Boston Sunday Herald, 15 September, 31, 49. Interviewed in Provincetown, Mailer explains his motives and intentions for Harlot’s Ghost (91.26): “Because of my left politics all these years, I never really had conversations and dialogues with these people [the CIA]—and they’ve been running the country. So I thought about them….‘What’s good about them, what’s not good about them, in what ways can I respect them, in what ways can I bring in an honest, moral judgment on them.’” Mailer also notes that he is now at work on a short book about Pablo Picasso, “a biographical sketch, an interpretation of his character” (95.38).