‘There is not one human problem that could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.’ — Gore Vidal, 1925-2012 BY TOM McNAMARA In 1960, there were buttons made that read: GORE VIDAL FOR CONGRESS. That kind of red and blue, postwar colored typeface you’d see for politicians like Nixon and Kennedy–or […]
American Masters presents a conversation between VIDAL producer Matt Kapp and director Deborah Dickson. Matt Kapp: How did Gore interact with the camera during the course of production? Deborah Dickson: Frankly, Gore loves being filmed. After all, his childhood hero was Mickey Rooney and he has always harbored a passion to be a movie star. […]
Gore Vidal (1925-2012) never lacked for labels: Witty, irreverent, and shrewd, a propagandist, a truth-teller, and an agent provocateur. Dramatist, novelist, screenwriter, actor, and public debater. A troublemaker at large, poking his pen at anyone who got in his way. That’s how Vidal seared himself into the American consciousness.