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From Jesus to Hollywood: Author Jay Parini

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Perhaps you know his name from his book Jesus: The Human Face of God, or perhaps you know him as author of The Last Station, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film.

Mad About the '60s: A Hart-Like Henry Fonda in Gore Vidal's The Best Man

William Bradley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"You know, those rumors about you and lady friends ... they won't do you a bit of harm." Former President Art Hockstader to presidential candidate Wi...

10 Reasons Not To Vote For Marianne Williamson

Ira Israel | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Ira Israel

Because you believe that having a black person as president means that racism isn't alive and well in America. It doesn't bother you that one out of three black men will spend some time of his life in America behind bars.

Attention All Interns: NYT Book Review Should Give Big Breaks to Recent College Grads

Robert Hofler | Posted 06.06.2014 | Books
Robert Hofler

I must apologize to the hundreds of interns whom I so badly advised over the forty years I worked as a magazine and newspaper editor. I recently exper...

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Pink Triangles: Vices and Verses From a Gay Lit Crowd

Perry Brass | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Perry Brass

First a little quiz: A) What do Rock Hudson, Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Rudolph Nureyev, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Leonard Bernstein, Zachary ...

Salinger Documentary by Shane Salerno, a Revealing Homerun

Carole Mallory | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Shane Salerno succeeds in solving the riddle of J.D. Salinger's reclusive behavior. Salinger chose to be a recluse when it suited his needs. Folks int...

An End to Arrogant Atheism

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When critique becomes belittling, when poking fun becomes ridiculing, the respect that is the foundation for any meaningful conversation is lost.

My Friendship With Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer: How They Buried the Hatchet

Carole Mallory | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

In My Friendship with Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal: How They Buried the Hatchet, I explain how I convinced both men to sit down for a joint interview. Getting these literary lions together with their claws not protruding was not easy.

What It Means to Be a Gentleman

Ira Israel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

I cannot even begin to try to explain how difficult it is for men over the age of 25 years-old to cultivate friendships with fellow men.

Howard Austen: Gore Vidal's Partner in All but Name

Tim Teeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tim Teeman

Speaking about Austen as a partner was out of Vidal's ken completely, yet Austen kept the Vidal train on the tracks, meaning the Master could write and bestride the world's cultural stage. He was a dedicated spouse and one of the few people who could prick the balloon of Vidal's pomposity.

Gore Vidal Underage Sex Hinted At In NYT Profile

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books

A New York Times profile of Gore Vidal,, who died last year, suggests that the often controversial author may have had sex with underage men. The ...

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.