1940s. A credo for the living -- 1950s. Freud -- The homosexual villain -- What I think of artistic freedom -- Raison d'être -- On lies, power, and obscenity -- Nomination of Ernest Hemingway for president, part I -- Nomination of Ernest Hemingway for president, part II -- The white Negro -- From surplus value to the mass media -- Quick evaluations on the talent in the room -- The mind of an outlaw -- 1960s. Superman comes to the supermarket -- An evening with Jackie Kennedy -- Suicides of Hemingway and Monroe -- Punching Papa -- Some children of the goddess -- Introducing our argument -- Our argument as last presented -- The crazy one -- Black Power -- Looking for the meat and potatoes -- thoughts on Black Power -- 1970s. Millett and D.H. Lawrence -- Tango, last tango -- Genius -- Christ, Satan, and the Presidential candidate: a visit to Jimmy Carter in Plains -- Our man at Harvard -- 1980s. Before the literary bar -- Until dead: thoughts on capital punishment -- Discovering Jack H. Abbott -- Marilyn Monroe's sexiest tapes and discs -- All the pirates and people -- Huckleberry Finn, alive at one hundred -- The hazards and sources of writing -- 1990s. Review of American psycho -- How the wimp won the war -- By heaven inspired -- The best move lies close to the worst -- Clinton and Dole: the War of the Oxymorons -- At the point of my pen -- 2000s. Social life, literary desires, literary corruption -- Review of The corrections -- Gaining an empire, losing democracy? -- The white man unburdened -- Immodest proposals -- The election and America's future -- Comment on the passing of George Plimpton -- On Sartre's God problem -- Myth versus hypothesis.
The first posthumous publication from this outsize literary icon, "Mind of an Outlaw" collects Mailer's most important and representative work in the form that many rank as his most electrifying.