From 2006: I had a nightmare in Chicago last weekend, a few hours after seeing a performance of Gore Vidal's...
Nicholas Wrathall's documentary is a candid series of interviews with the author and public intellectual toward the end of his life read more
I'm often struck by how American feature films -- both studio and indie -- seem to unfold in a social/political vacuum. When was the last time you saw one that took a political perspective, or even account of the larger world beyond the personal conundrums of the characters?
There are few people who deserve a documentary (or 20 of them) more than Gore Vidal. A ferocious thinker and fierce commentator whose output is gargantuan as well as wide in scope, Vidal contributed to and steered the national conversation for decades after the end of WWII. Show More Summary
I've been violating the Gore Vidal rule of media ("never turn down the opportunity to have sex or be on TV") but in Vidal's day, TV was broadcast, with mass audiences and major impact. Trust me, if you blink, you'll miss the bit where I make a couple of observations in this new RT show.
Director Nicholas Wrathall landed the iconic writer and essayist’s final on-camera interview for this docu profile which world-premieres next month at Tribeca. The Spotlight selection also features Burr Steers, Christopher Hitchens, Jodie Evans, Tim Robbins, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sting, David Mamet, Bob Scheer, William F. Show More Summary
Gore Vidal passed away in July of last year, and Jacques Barzun’s death followed a few months later. If there is a heaven, and if worldviews and cultural paradigms are eternal there, then perhaps those two are again enjoying a wide readership.
The schedule for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival is out, and there’s quite a few things queer filmgoers will want to keep an eye out for. In G.B.F (Gay Best Friend), the latest from Jawbreaker director Darren Stein, a teen discovers being openly gay is the key to popularity—or is it? The film (above) makes [...]
The newly announced features include movies from Richard Linklater, Neil Jordan, David Gordon Green, Mira Nair, Neil LaBute and Clark Gregg; documentaries about Elaine Stritch, Richard Pryor and Gore Vidal; and a nonfiction feature about Moms Mabley directed by Whoopi Goldberg.
I’m behind on logging these. I’m reading a little faster than I’m writing. I’ve never been Wolcott’s greatest fan, but this meditation on Gore Vidal and the role of the public intellectual, with its unexpected and violent twist of rage and excoriation in the middle, was a pure joy. It’s an interesting reflection of the [...]
Sounds like an intriguing title. Info here. Buy it here. If Noam Chomsky and Gore Vidal have a Greek analogue, it is Nikos Dimou, one of the most fertile minds of his generation. This book is a series of 193 mostly brief, often cutting and at times satirical aphorisms about Greece and Greeks. Show More Summary
I suppose I'm mostly fascinated by jousting because of Norman Mailer. Not in an "oh, that wacky Norman Mailer, he was always verbally jousting with Gore Vidal!" sort of way. No. Norman Mailer, when he was running for mayor, once appeared...Show More Summary
In his prime, writer Gore Vidal didn't have much nice to say about people, and he enjoyed sharing his opinions. On live television in 1968, he referred to fellow commentator William F. Buckley as a "crypto-Nazi" (Buckley responded by calling Vidal "queer" and threatening to punch him in the face). Show More Summary
When man looks back on the great thinkers of our time, what names will have made a lasting impression? Stephen Hawking? Noam Chomsky? Gore Vidal? No, it will be Justin Bieber. Even if one were to ignore the pop star’s thought-provoking lyrics like “Swag, swag, swag on you/Chillin’ by the fire while we eating fondue”, JB would still... More »
When the late Gore Vidal compared his fondness for the lecture circuit to “taking to drink,” was he suggesting that having an audience was potentially addictive…or something more personal and interesting? read more
In the NYRB, a new article on Chris Ware, accompanied by an old joke — dreamt up by none other than Gore Vidal — that a hypothetical New York Review of Comic Books might replace its eponymous predecessor. Last week, our own Mark O’Connell reviewed Mr. Show More Summary
The late Gore Vidal was fond of saying, “Gratitude can be a complicated thing.” He was right. Whether you are a hater, or simply a chronic critic, the act of complementing those who follow the beat of a different drummer is usually not within the tip of the human tongue. We want things our way… and sometimes [...]
Adrienne Rich on Paul Goodman; Norman Mailer on Morley Callaghan; Susan Sontag on Simone Weil; W.H. Auden on David Jones; Gore Vidal on John Hersey; and $1.45 new releases. The inaugural issue of The New York Review of Books is a sight...Show More Summary
In later years...President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, Alice Longworth, congratulated me every time we saw each other: "You got out. So wise." "Reflections on Glory Reflected," -- Gore Vidal, in United States: Essays 1952-1992 The...Show More Summary
“I was born in the lair of Romulus and Remus, Washington D.C.” And The Los Angeles Review of Book’s interview with the late Gore Vidal just gets better from there. Related posts: Guernica Interviews Gore Vidal Guernica has a previously...Show More Summary