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Gore Vidal

In Bed With Gore Vidal

William J. Mann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
William J. Mann

There is no such thing as a homosexual, Vidal haughtily insisted, only homosexual acts -- in which he freely, and unapologetically, admitted his participation. He wasn't ashamed of such acts. But just don't try to call him "gay."

Gore Vidal's Secret Love Letter To Anaïs Nin

Kim Krizan | Posted 11.27.2013 | Books
Kim Krizan

"You are quite necessary to me as you know." -- Gore Vidal For years I'd wondered about the relationship betwe...

The United States of Gore Vidal

Michael Conniff | Posted 11.27.2013 | Denver
Michael Conniff

It's not every day that you get to see the original video of William F. Buckley Jr. calling Gore Vidal "a queer" on network television, but people in ...

J.D. Salinger, America's Most Famous Recluse, Is Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

Paul Alexander | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Paul Alexander

Cinematically engrossing and emotionally gripping, Salinger paints a complete portrait of the man and the artist.

Why Rod Serling Still Matters

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 10.21.2013 | Arts
Mitch Horowitz

The visuals of The Twilight Zone form a kind of collective generational nightmare. The remarkable thing about the man who created many of these episodes from 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling, is that the writer-presenter learned his craft not in the visual era but in the age of radio drama.

The Empire Strikes

George Heymont | Posted 10.17.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

You know that little game where corporations like Netflix, TiVo and Amazon.com try to "recommend" products they think will appeal to you? That process is based on meticulously crafted algorithms that apply artificial intelligence to retail choices.

Boston: Beyond Tea Party Politics

Gareth_Price | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Gareth_Price

Less than 48 hours since the violence in Boston on Monday, and with scant and conflicting evidence, the divination of who is responsible has opened up significant political fissures, but also many bridges.

Iconic Whaling Bar in La Jolla to Close

Mary Duncan | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts
Mary Duncan

Where do we go from here? Time will tell if a modern French styled bistro will fill the void left by the absence of deep wooden walls, whaling murals and worn red leather booths where many famous "bottoms" sat.

Gay Baiting Gore Vidal: Politics In 1960

Jon Wiener | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Jon Wiener

Gore Vidal was not just a novelist and essayist; he also ran for Congress in 1960 in upstate New York. In a 1988 interview I asked him whether there was any gay baiting in that campaign.

'The Casual Vacancy' Is Not the Only Novel That Includes Politicians!

Dave Astor | Posted 09.27.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With the often-ridiculous U.S. presidential race in full swing, there's at least a 47 percent chance you'd like to forget about politicians for a few hours by immersing yourself in a novel. But be careful which novel you choose, because some of them feature ... politicians!

Ellen DeGeneres: A Fabulous Decade On TV. She Won Her War!

Liz Smith | Posted 10.27.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

This month Ellen marks her first decade as the host of her wildly popular daytime talk show. With no end in sight.

The Bottom Line

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Lauren Jacobs

Yes, individual resourcefulness, ingenuity and hard work are necessary for success. But they are not a substitute for government funding of necessary programs related to health care, child welfare, temporary unemployment, or infrastructural repairs, among other programs.

'Hope Springs' Has Serious Charms

Liz Smith | Posted 10.09.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

If you can believe that the woman who played both the dynamic domineering Margaret Thatcher and the delicious Julia Child is a hopeless, despondent and put-upon matron - well, that's the theme of "Hope Springs."

We Certainly Haven't Seen The Last Word On A Proud 'Fag'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Vidal despised identity, particularly sexual identity, ironically even as he helped define it in America. Some of the obits describe him as believing everyone is bisexual, but even that seemed to be too much of an identity for him. Vidal believed more in sexual acts than in sexual orientations.

Gore Vidal's Wit And Wisdom

Liz Smith | Posted 10.07.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

A moment of silence for Gore? He wasn't sentimental but he was soft-hearted. However, I'd think Gore of all people would be snorting from the hereafter about a moment of silence.

Theater: Gore Vidal's 'The Best Man' -- A Second, Better Look

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.06.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

It's common courtesy not to speak ill of the dead. Happily, a return to Gore Vidal's sturdy old political drama The Best Man stirs no nasty impulse.

Think Again: Thoughts on Milton Friedman and Gore Vidal

Eric Alterman | Posted 10.05.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

Two leading intellectuals of the 20th century now share a birth and a death date. The conservative economist, Milton Friedman, who died in November 2006, would have been 100 years old on Tuesday.

What the Vidal/Mailer Feud Taught Us: When In Doubt, Laugh

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

He was neither the first nor last intellectual jailed for heretical writings, and in some respects he proved lucky: Governments and other powers have a longstanding habit of killing thinkers whose ideas threaten the status quo.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, America, on its journey down the path toward a more perfect union, continued its prolonged pit-stop at Chick-fil-A. The meal consisted of an overheated "appreciation day" for the fast-food chain, cooked up by Mike Huckabee, and a bitter side order of attacking fat people. No one ever said civil rights wouldn't come with an occasional bout of national indigestion. In India, over 670 million people were thrown into darkness during the biggest blackout since Charlie Sheen's last drinking binge. On Wall Street, a rogue algorithm caused a trading spree that wreaked havoc and gave America's stock markets yet another black eye. Meanwhile, Olympic fever momentarily broke with news that eight badminton players had been disqualified for intentionally losing their matches. All across America, sports fans reacted with disbelief, amazed that badminton is actually an Olympic sport. Lastly, we mourned the passing of a legendary writer and provocateur. RIP Gore Vidal.

Gore Vidal: "If You Don't Use the Right Word, You Don't Have an Idea"

Paul Schwartzman | Posted 10.04.2012 | Books
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Paul Schwartzman

Vidal rang me 7am on a Sunday in Rome and without a pause he scrutinized 54 pages I had drafted on my year with Fellini. "Accrue. Fellini doesn't 'accrue' power. Bank accounts 'accrue' interest. I know what you want to say, but that word doesn't say it."

Gore Vidal: Remembering A Brilliant, Controversial Legend of the Sort We Don't Foster Any More

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
William Bradley

The current scene isn't producing writers like Gore Vidal, one of the towering writers and cultural figures of the post-World War II era. So his passing Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he lived most of the past decade, marks a sad cultural milestone.

The Case Against Eulogizing Gore Vidal

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 08.03.2012 | Home

By David Greenberg De mortuis nihil nisi bonum: Of the dead say nothing unless it is kind. This is a good rule of thumb. Despite the temptation, it...

Gore Vidal and His Reading List for America

Michael Winship | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Michael Winship

I briefly interviewed Gore Vidal once. It was a little more than 30 years ago, at the end of a long day of filming in Los Angeles. I was working as writer and segment producer on an arts magazine pilot for public television.

How We Should Remember Gore Vidal

Christopher Bram | Posted 10.02.2012 | Books
Christopher Bram

I grew up on Gore Vidal. As a teenager in Virginia, I knew him first as a TV personality, then as an essayist and finally as a novelist. There was nobody else like him. On television he was unflappable. On the page he was startlingly funny, especially in his essays.

The Legacy Of Gore Vidal

Scott Isebrand | Posted 10.02.2012 | Books
Scott Isebrand

He was a sharp, cynical, free-thinking satirist, he had a lot of cameos in a lot of films, wined and dined a lot of famous friends at his Ravello home, La Rondinaia, had famous foes, and managed to outlive pretty much all of them. And he made it all look easy. But it wasn't.