Transcript
Item Title: What Does PEN Have to Offer?
Guest: Mailer, Norman
Guest: Vonnegut, Kurt
Host: Buckley, William F., Jr., 1925-2008
Date Created: December 02, 1985
Description: Messrs. Mailer and Vonnegut were actively involved in raising funds for the

forthcoming New York conference of PEN--the international society of poets, essayists, editors, and novelists--and they spend here a surprisingly (given past antagonisms) good-natured hour discussing writers, oppressive societies, and the world at large.

NM: "... writers of one country and writers of another country tend to have more natural communion than governments because we grow up and read foreign writers.

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Description: Messrs. Mailer and Vonnegut were actively involved in raising funds for the

forthcoming New York conference of PEN--the international society of poets, essayists, editors, and novelists--and they spend here a surprisingly (given past antagonisms) good-natured hour discussing writers, oppressive societies, and the world at large. NM: "... writers of one country and writers of another country tend to have more natural communion than governments because we grow up and read foreign writers. If we have an affection for Russia it's because we read Russian novelists of the 19th century." ... KV: "[I want to] destroy the will of the United States Army to fight, and I would certainly like to do that with every army." WFB: "Oh, it's antecedent to your wanting to emasculate our army that you would have previously succeeded in emasculating other people's armies, is that the idea?" KV: "Sure, anybody's army that I can put out of business." WFB: "That sounds better." NM: "Mr. Vonnegut is famous for his sense of hyperbole."

Description (cont'd): If we have an affection for Russia it's because we read Russian novelists of the 19th century." ... KV: "[I want to] destroy the will of the United States Army to fight, and I would certainly like to do that with every army." WFB: "Oh, it's antecedent to your wanting to emasculate our army that you would have previously succeeded in emasculating other people's armies, is that the idea?" KV: "Sure, anybody's army that I can put out of business." WFB: "That sounds better." NM: "Mr. Vonnegut is famous for his sense of hyperbole."
Theme(s): Radio & Television
Subject(s): Political and social views ; Vonnegut, Kurt ; PEN (Organization) ; Authors ; Societies and clubs ; Mailer, Norman
Language(s): English
Country of Origin: United States
Place Recorded: New York City, New York, United States
Dimensions: Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Moving Image, Text
Medium: television programs
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Soundtrack:
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Hoover ID: Program S0673
Record Number: 80040.915
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