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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!"

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