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  • Commentary: Gore Vidal's Perspective on the White House Scandal

    On Monday, the 42nd president of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, will commit what could be a fatal political error by allowing himself to be questioned under oath by an independent counsel, Kenneth W. Starr, who has taken more than four...
  • Writers as rogues and role models

    Early in his career, an aspiring novelist faces a moment when he must decide to take his vocation seriously or else remain a dreamer, unpublished and unconsidered. Michael Mewshaw's occurred in the office of legendary Random House editor Albert Erskine....
  • "The Smithsonian Institution" by Gore Vidal

    In 1948, still in his early 20s, having already published two quite creditable works of fiction, Gore Vidal made literary history with "The City and the Pillar," the first mainstream American novel to treat homosexual desire as a natural, if not exactly...
  • "United States: Essays, 1952-1992" by Gore Vidal

    Gore Vidal the novelist's best character is Gore Vidal the essayist. Beside him even Myra Breckenridge seems a pale creation, and this great fat book, chronicling 40 years of the essayist's adventures, is like a lively picaresque novel in reverse. Its...
  • Gore Vidal's "Live from Gologatha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal"

    If God exists and Jesus is His son, then Gore Vidal is going to hell. And if God is a Jew, Vidal is no better off. There's enough to outrage everyone in this audacious and courageous send-up of "the story of Our Lord Jesus Christ as told in the three...
  • Gore Vidal, Novelist of U.S. Past Sees an Empire Replacing Republic He So Admired

    Some talk about the Bill of Rights and others use it--testing the power of the freedom enshrined. Gore Vidal does both--exquisitely. Love him or hate him, Vidal is one of the smartest, most provocative and productive writers in the country. Author of...
  • "Hollywood: A Novel of America in the 1920s" by Gore Vidal

    I was in my 40s, living in Paris, when I tried my hand at writing a novel. For a long time I figured that one day the most important of reportorial assets, my legs, would go, and I'd have to find work I could do without leaving the house--preeferably a...
  • Gore Vidal's Novel 'Hollywood' Is Just Out, but the Great Curmudgeon Is Not Celebrating

    IT IS DECEMBER, AND THE AIR is a wash of silky light, astringently cool, but sunny enough to allow one to bathe in multiple sensations of warmth. Under white canvas umbrellas in outdoor cafes the beautiful ladies of Rome in their beautiful furs cross...
  • Vidal's Vitriol Spills on Many in The Nation

    The telephone line to Italy is lousy but Gore Vidal's razored tongue slices through the static like a rat snapping through a garbage bag. "The United States lives in a total bubble," the novelist and pundit declares from his home in Ravello. "No...
  • Decline and Vidal

    According to Gore Vidal, American society has three ways of handling its critics: "One is to black you out altogether, which they did with Noam Chomsky--he can't get published anywhere; he's been made a nonperson. Or they demonize you, which they did with...
  • Gore Vidal as Teacher

    Gore Vidal has his work cut out for him. In order for historical fiction like his to work as literary art, it is necessary that it not be required to do all of history's work for it. History must be knowledge already held in common if the central,...
  • "Empire" by Gore Vidal

    Gore Vidal and History are on breezy first-name terms, but there is a trickle of irritation underneath. As mentor, Vidal has reservations about his protege. In his fictional re-creations of our nation's political life--"Burr," "Lincoln," "1876,"...