On Gore Vidal
Kasia Anderson, Democracy Now!, Andrew Gumbel, Alexander Reed Kelly
The Roots of Gore Vidal’s Discontent
Aug. 2, 2012
Gore Vidal, the high-born author and activist who died Tuesday at the age of 86, was a man who had grand, democratic ambitions for his country—a nation that became a pale, mocking imitation of the place he knew during his pre-World War II boyhood—says his longtime friend Bob Carr, the current Australian minister of foreign affairs.
Vidal: ‘I Am the Enemy to So Many’
Aug. 1, 2012
Throughout his adult life and probably his youth, Gore Vidal enjoyed the sort of playful self-adulation that is often mistaken for arrogance when committed by members of the American upper class.
Andrew Gumbel: A Rejoinder to Gore Vidal
Nov. 14, 2008
Let me describe what happened in my interview with Gore Vidal for Vanity Fair’s Spanish edition and why I felt compelled to report what was, in my experience, the single most shockingly racist line of the 2008 presidential election campaign.
Sun Shines Again on Chez Vidal
July 28, 2007
Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal’s bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal’s solar system is back in working order. Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.
Harnessing the Sun Leaves Vidal in the Dark
July 2, 2007
Powering his home with solar energy sounded like an enlightened idea to Gore Vidal, but after several exasperating rounds of “routine” inspections and unexpected blackouts, it seems that even Southern California’s most abundant natural resource can be caught up in red tape.
Gore Vidal’s State of the Union
Feb. 1, 2006
The famed novelist, playwright and social activist continues his 30-year-old tradition of delivering his own State of the Union address. | streaming media and transcript at “Democracy Now!”
“I am perhaps more conscious of the past than most American writers, and need the dead for comfort.”