7 posts categorized "GORE VIDAL"

Oct 17 2012
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Twenty-three-year-old Rory MacDonald looks ferocious in Fight! (September 2012) whether in or out of clothes. 

In the feature, he recalls starting his boxing career as a skinny 14-year-old:

"There were all these big muscular dudes—nobody had shirts on. I came in, I was probably like 125 pounds soaking wet, just a bag of bones, and I see these guys, and they're muscular, with tattoos on them—they just looked tough. And I did not look the part. I wasn't scared of it, but I looked like an idiot the first time. You should have seen me hitting the heavy bag."

All of his sexy poses are in the gallery, but one of MacDonald's moments definitely had more Gore than others:

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Aug 01 2012
Gore Vidal: I Was A Fan Of His Work AND His Life Comments (7)

Gore VidalSigning as many autographs as JFK

The world has lost one of its most provocative and intelligent writers—Gore Vidal has died of pneumonia at 86. He seemed to be around forever, so much so that I was actually surprised to read he wasn't older.

Gore-VidalHis tale of making French boys keep their socks on while balling them due to the smell was a graphic bit of gay-sex gossip I never forgot

200px-City_and_the_PillarVidal's The City and the Pillar was the first book with gay themes I think I read, and I was able to get away with it because it was packaged as a classic. His outrageous Myra Breckinridge was influential to me and is one of my favorite novels; I just re-read it last year. And he was behind that scandalous kiss-and-tell by Scotty Bowers that came out just this year.

In college, I had his works prominently displayed (along with a Mapplethorpe postcard, Marilyn and Madonna memorabilia and various other clues), leading my new friend Zafar to puff on his cigarette and ask in a way he Myra-Breckinridgethought to be subtle: "Gore Vidal...are you a fan of his work...or his LIFE?"

In more recent times, I remember the intensely political Vidal bluntly asserting that George W. Bush—whose popularity was then soaring—would become one of the most hated presidents in history. His debate with William F. Buckley is also a classic part of American political discourse.

Really a tremendous loss, even if his bitter enemy Truman Capote is giggling somewhere.

 
Apr 12 2012
The Next Best Thing: A Review Of Gore Vidal's The Best Man Comments (4)

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BOY CULTURE RATING: ***1/2 out of ****

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 12.15.09 PMWent with my friend Jason to see Gore Vidal's The Best Man last night ($74 is half off?) and sat in the front row. It's a really solid, smart, droll play about Machiavellian politics at a hotly contested nominating convention that's stuck between a boring, possibly mentally imbalanced, liberal statesman (John Larroquette) and a slick, populist, conservative operator (Eric McCormack).

The argument for and against each is alive today with President Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality heating up the blogs and with McCormack's uncanny John Edwards impersonation.

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Apr 08 2012
"Now, you really didn't need that question": Mike Wallace Dies Comments (13)

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Veteran newsman—and expert eviscerator—Mike Wallace has died at 93. I remember him making mincemeat of his subjects (reducing Barbra Streisand to tears!) and needling pal Nancy Reagan about a $2 million-paying trip to Japan for her and Ronnie that led to her famous reply, "Now...you really didn't need that question." Yes, we did!

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With thanks to Gordon: I never knew that Barbra had a recurring stint on a show Wallace was on, PM East. This fascinating archive documents some of their banter and many of the famous guests she mixed, mingled and/or sang with. Definitely worth a click!

Wallace also infamously hosted The Homosexuals, the first national report on gay people, but one that has been called "the single most destructive hour of antigay propaganda in our nation's history."

 
Feb 26 2012
I Don't Vant To Be Alone: A Review Of Full Service By Scotty Bowers & Lionel Friedberg Comments (21)

PreviewScreenSnapz001Bowers then and today at 88 [right courtesy of People (March 5, 2012)]

For years, Hollywood insiders have known about Scotty Bowers, an ex-Marine and close confidante of Gore Vidal's who was said to have provided free and/or paid sex to some of the industry's biggest names. Over the years, Bowers has apparently been an anonymous source for film bios, but only in a limited way; he had said he would never tell his full story for fear of hurting people.

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As he approaches his eighty-ninth birthday and with most of the people he helped achieve orgasm dead and buried, he's changed his mind and collaborated with Lionel Friedberg on a tell-all that would make Shelley Winters blush—Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars (Grove Press, $25). It came out on Valentine's Day, but there's very little romance involved. Instead, the resourceful Bowers, who supported himself as a bartender and handyman all through the years he was tricking and dry-pimping, handily serves up hardcore sex with a cheerful lack of shame and not a little humor.

I say "dry-pimping" because, as Bowers stresses several times throughout the book, while he took money for sex countless times throughout his life, he never got paid for arranging what sounds like it could be tens of thousands of liaisons for men and women of all sexual persuasions. He's either the coolest dude ever or the stupidest; imagine the fortune he could have made considering so many of his clients were millionaires or better?

Tumblr_kvpl1fCWyq1qzlyyao1_400If you don't believe Katharine Hepburn loved the ladies, this book isn't for you. However, points off for misspelling her name in chapter five.

You might have read something about this book already—likely something dismissive as to its veracity, as to the probability that Bowers really and truly could have set up Katharine Hepburn with over 150 women—but the book has more to offer than just Scotty's Hollywood hijinks. One aspect of the memoir that is left out of most of the coverage is that Bowers, born into poverty in Illinois, has been turning tricks since his pre-teens. His stories of life as a shoe shine boy willing to polish the knobs of various priests and businessmen are just as compelling as his later tales of cornholing people you grew up thinking of as untouchable icons.

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Jun 07 2010
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I contributed my list of 10 favorite books (fiction or non-fiction) to Elisa Rolle's excellent LiveJournal blog, if you'd like to see which ones made the cut. As I explained to Elisa, my list fluctuates daily, but I picked 10 books I really fuckin' love.
 
Sep 30 2009
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Gore Vidal has always struck me as a bloody nightmare, someone I'd absolutely hate having to be around, yet someone with keen insight. In a wide-ranging interview with Times Online, he offers the following sunny observations.

On the future of the United States:

"We'll have a military dictatorship fairly soon, on the basis that nobody else can hold everything together. Obama would have been better off focusing on educating the American people. His problem is being over-educated. He doesn't realize how dim-witted and ignorant his audience is."

On President Barack Obama, whom he supported for president after switching from Hillary (whom he now believes would have been better):

"I was hopeful. He was the most intelligent person we've had in that position for a long time. But he's inexperienced. He has a total inability to understand military matters. He's acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman: solve that and you solve terrorism. We've failed in every other aspect of our effort of conquering the Middle East or whatever you want to call it...[I retain optimism in Obama] because he doesn't lie. We know the fool from Arizona is a liar. We never got the real story of how McCain crashed his plane and was held captive."

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