Barry H. Leeds
An interview with Norman Mailer recorded in 1987, in the kitchen of Mailer's Brooklyn Heights brownstone. Click the links below to hear excerpts from the interview. Also available as a text transcript. Additionally, read an excerpt from the book about how Barry H. Leeds and Norman Mailer met: Mailer and Me.

Fighting and Fucking
Antibiotics as Social Violence
Bernhard Goetz and Guns
Poodles and Gambling
Doing What's Necessary
Making Movies
Clint Eastwood
Science Fiction
Architecture to Eternity
Cops and Detectives
Ernest Hemingway
James Jones
Civil Self Destruction
Joan Didion
Harry Crews
Trouble with Lectures

Barry H. Leeds, CCSU Distinguished Professor of English, is the author of three books: The Structured Vision of Norman Mailer, Ken Kesey, and The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer, and of over two hundred articles, reviews, and anthology chapters. He received his B.A. (1962) and M.A. (1963) from Columbia, and his Ph.D from Ohio University (1967). Dr. Leeds has taught at CCSU since January 1968, and prior to that at the City University of New
York, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Ohio University (Athens). He has lectured at universities and conferences nation-wide and internationally, and has been interviewed in a variety of media: television, radio, and newspapers. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Review from 1989 to 1992, and a member of the Editorial Board from 1986 to 1995. Dr. Leeds has served as a consultant to various university presses, administrations, and organizations such as the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is listed in Who's Who in America and over a dozen other such directories. Initially a Shakespearean, then a specialist in Seventeenth Century metaphysical poetry, Leeds has for many years devoted himself to studying the ongoing work of contemporary American authors who are not conveniently dead, with their body of work closed. Thus, his writing, like theirs, is always a work in progress.