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Beware Intelligent Men Bearing Caustic Wits

George Heymont | Posted 10.04.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

While the documentary shows Kramer in robust health and, later in life, as a frail senior citizen, it teaches viewers what can happen when one fiercely intelligent man (who is not willing to take "no" for an answer) speaks truth to power.

Celebrities Share Memorable Live TV Moments at the 'Best of Enemies' Premiere

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 08.05.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

In 1968, television network ABC was dead last in the ratings. So for the Democratic and Republican national conventions held in August, ABC hired political polar opposites conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal to provide commentary and debate each other.

Movie Review: Best of Enemies, Listen to Me Marlon -- Tasty Slices of History

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Half the struggle in documentary filmmaking is finding the right material. The other half is figuring out what to do with it.  Two new documentar...

Alec Baldwin Shows Up for Summerdocs: William F. Buckley vs. Gore Vidal on Television in Best of Enemies

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The first of three documentaries in the Hamptons International Film Festival's Summerdocs series hosted by Alec Baldwin, Best of Enemies was sure to be a hit with the East Hampton crowd.

How Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Brought on the Era of Angry, Partisan Television "News"

Nell Minow | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Nell Minow

Once upon a time, network television news was dignified, objective, and delivered in stentorian, voice-of-God tones by white, vaguely Protestant men, in half-hour increments at the dinner hour.

Buckley and Vidal: Best of Enemies and the Dawn of Theatrical Journalism

Jon Eig | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The realization that two such brilliant minds -- the brightest of their generation -- could allow personal hatred and the burning desire to win at all costs completely derail any semblance of useful debate is the real heartbreak of Best of Enemies.

William F. Buckley vs. Gore Vidal: Television's Verbal Fisticuffs

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In an age when a coinage such as "frenemies" has meaning, the operative word in the title of a new documentary, Best of Enemies, is the word "best." The film is about a particular historic event of verbal jousting between two very well-matched public intellectuals, the "best" practitioners of the English language of their time.

Sundance Interview: Best of Enemies Directors Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the U.S. Documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, "hilarious" is not the first word that springs to mind.

Military and Civilian Service Make for a Powerful Combination

Robert L. Gordon III | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Robert L. Gordon III

Our experience underscores the commitment my family made to serve our country across two generations, and now we watch proudly as our children carry the legacy in national civilian service.

The Piketty Panic on the Left

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Just as one party has been pulled to the right, Piketty could help pull the other further left, fostering a dilemma that looks hard to avoid for moderate progressives.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Stax Records Book Explores Issues of Race

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Stax Records was more than a music machine releasing hits by the likes of Otis Redding and The Staple Singers.

The Key to Prosperity: Manufacturing American Jobs

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

It appears that the national conversation may be about to pivot from an almost obsessive concentration on big government and expense reduction to a concern for the well-being of the individual citizen and revenue generation.

Celebrating Successful Charters

John Thompson | Posted 12.02.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Rather than complaining that successful charters had the unfair advantage of being liberated from suicidal administrative policies, perhaps all teachers should be given the right to teach a challenging curriculum in a respectful learning environment.

Thirty Years Of Sublime Rock 'n' Roll: A Conversation With Marshall Crenshaw, Plus Chatting With Petra Haden, Cory Mon and Wes Kirkpatrick

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Back in 1981, Marshall Crenshaw's single "Something's Gonna Happen" was released on Shake Records, initiating his string of critically acclaimed classic albums and 45s. Now Marshall, celebrating 30 years of music-making, sits down to talk.

Life Lessons From a Dying Friend

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

Given the size of my existing medical debt, a second miracle remission is simply out of the question. The resulting stress would prove to be fatal.

Letter to Obama from a Dying Friend

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

Robert Ellis, who is dying of lupus, just wrote this open letter to Obama, challenging him to reach for his deepest levels of courage in being honest about what we face after decades of pillaging our economy.