Saturday, February 17, 2007

Gore Vidal

It's not clear, though, to me and I suspect to Vidal, that American democracy can be reclaimed, at least in the form of vigorous, Jeffersonian self-government. (As Vidal points out with his customary sardonic relish, Jefferson began selling out Jeffersonianism during his second term.) The reasons are structural--mass production and mass consumption may not leave enough room for individual autonomy--and clinical--like muscles, intellectual and civic virtues may atrophy beyond repair. No matter who is elected president this fall, the country may become an ever more dispiriting place for a conservative-radical aristocratic republican of Vidal's stamp --George Scialabba, Civic Virtues, The Nation, October 8, 2008, review of The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal, edited by Jay Parini (via Arts & Letters Daily)

Vidal keeps dishing; we keep reading by Joanne Weintraub, review of Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir by Gore Vidal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 9, 2007

President Gore by Inigo Thomas, review of Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964-2006 by Gore Vidal, London Review of Books, May 10, 2007 (via Arts & Letters Daily)

At the Point of Silly by John Dicker, review of Point to Point Navigation, by Gore Vidal, Shepherd-Express, February 15, 2007

The Lives of Gore, by Larry McMurtry, review of Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964 to 2006, by Gore Vidal The New York Review of Books, November 30, 2006

Vidal Discredited! Esquire apologies to Buckley; picks up legal tab, National Review Online, December 14, 2004, 8:34 a.m.

No Accident, review by Zachary Leader of The Golden Age: A Novel by Gore Vidal, London Review of Books, June 21, 2001

Bow. Wow, review by James Wolcott of Gore Vidal by Fred Kaplan, London Review of Books, February 3, 2000

What Gore remembers, by John Simon, on Gore Vidal’s Palimpsest: A Memoir, The New Criterion, May 1995

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