Norman Mailer discusses the 1986 meeting of the International Penn Congress in New York City in January. Mailer discusses the outlook of the writer on government as well as a vision of life in writing. Mailer also discusses the diminishing interest in writing of the American public and how television has effected publishing. In Part 1, Mailer discusses his 1971 book “The Prisoner of Sex” as well as serves a defense for some of his ideas contained therein. Originally Broadcast: Feb. 1986.