People, Apr. 3, 1978

One is known for a mean left and the other for a mean write, but last week Norman Mailer and Truman Capote were on their best behavior. Only bons mots and canapés were passed around at a Manhattan discothèque party celebrating the publication of Southern Baptist Dotson Rader's new book Miracle. To get in the spirit of things, Dotson and a friend sang hymns between disco numbers. "Why not? After all, television mixes apples with astronauts," opined Mailer, 55, who is writing a book about Gary Gilmore, the executed murderer. "It's a new angle,"...

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