Tag Archives: gore vidal

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Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Special Big Advice From Big Brains Edition

You know we have made no secret of our crush on New Pope, and today’s New York Times gives us even more reason to cheer the current papacy. NEW POPE TRIGGER WARNING: Yes, we know the church is still terrible. Yes, we know he gave an anti-abortion speech a while ago that had the usual sturm and drang about that Catholic church bugaboo. But the fact remains that Pope Francis has pretty much come in like a lion and just stone cold trampled over Pope Benedict’s narrow, pinched, Palin-quit-in-the-middle papacy and has a strong shot at being our new Pope John XIII Also, too, Pope Francis is now the one weird trick that conservative Catholics hate. Read more on Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Special Big Advice From Big Brains Edition…
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Quien Es Mas Macho? Your Late Morning Outbound Links!

First up this morning! Gawker’s fucking marvelous epistolary duel between Tom Scocca and some dick from some Canadian “news” “paper.” Some Gawker commenters seem to think it is Tom Scocca who comes across poorly here. They are incorrect. A newpaper that claims an exclusive, when in fact someone else broke the story, is committing what we in “journalism” call “go fuck yourself.” But then dude from newspaper is all like, oh, well perhaps we didn’t have an exclusive per se, but we were working on the story first, so that should be what counts, because you do not have libel laws in US Amercia. There is dick-swinging! There are moved goalposts! There is whinging, and manliness, simultaneously! And it brings to mind our favorite Gore Vidal story, when, after being punched to the ground by a particular literary macho, he said, presumably while holding his jaw, “Once again words fail Norman Mailer.” Read more on Quien Es Mas Macho? Your Late Morning Outbound Links!…
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Words Fail Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal has died. Perhaps you most treasured him for mixing it up with awful racist William F. Buckley, as above. (The aesthete Buckley called Vidal “a queer.”) We loved him best for (okay, Burr, but also) this: Read more on Words Fail Gore Vidal…
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Book: Charlie Sheen & Matt Lauer Are Liberals Who Say Dumb Things

Anyone who writes or speaks about politics (with very few exceptions) is bound to say something stupid and egregious at some point or another. You’ll definitely say something dumb if you’re one of the ambitious but dull people who actually runs for office here in the United States. The Wonkette Goofiness Machine thrives on this stuff, as does much of the political media. But Michael S. Montgomery, a former business writer for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, feels that the constant, hourly phenomenon of Conservatives Saying Dumb Things is over-reported, while the Dumb Things Liberals Say are under-documented and even suppressed by the lamestream media. To correct this natural imbalance, he’s written The Amusing and Annoying Things Liberals Say From A to Z, a sort of Media Matters for the right, in handy book form. Read more on Book: Charlie Sheen & Matt Lauer Are Liberals Who Say Dumb Things…
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Michele Bachmann Worked For Jimmy Carter, Was Ruined By Gore Vidal

Michele Bachmann opened up to a gathering of Michigan Republicans on Tuesday about her shameful, Jimmy Carter-loving past. “I was a reasonable, fair-minded Democrat. And another secret you need to know: My husband and I met in college. We worked on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. It’s true, it’s true. This is like a 12-step meeting here today, you know that.” Say it isn’t so! What a disgusting secret! You have to kill like 50,000 Muslims to absolve a sin like that! (Check.) So what happened? “I was reading this snotty novel called ‘Burr,’ by Gore Vidal, and read how he mocked our Founding Fathers.” And then Alexander Hamilton sank his teeth into her, releasing founder venom that turned her into a super-dooper Constitution protector. Read more on Michele Bachmann Worked For Jimmy Carter, Was Ruined By Gore Vidal…
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Gore Vidal Yells At British Election Followers

Crabby queen writer Gore Vidal, who is certainly older than you, appeared on the English telly after Obama’s clinch last night to discuss American politics with the Britons. Appropriately, he went insane for several minutes after asking and receiving permission to “talk the facts of life” with the BBC anchor. Whenever he is asked a mild follow-up question, Vidal barks that he has never heard of the terrible, lowly anchor who is harassing him. This clip is staggering. [YouTube] Read more on Gore Vidal Yells At British Election Followers…
 

‘Not Since I Wrote the Gettysburg Address …’

The nation’s oldest windbag, Gore Vidal, has solemnly sworn that tomorrow’s election is the most important in his lifetime. More important than Lincoln’s election in 1860? More crucial than the Jefferson-Burr race of 1800? Jesus, this is sounding serious. What say ye, good patriot? Read more on ‘Not Since I Wrote the Gettysburg Address …’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Aviatrix Lust

Heard on the Hill: The ballad of Dennis Hastert and crazy evangelist con artist K.A. Paul… Maryland Senate candidate Michael Steele spends an awful lotta time with the lobbyists at Quinn Gillespie and Associates. Try “two days a week, dialing for dollars” sez one, Steele denies it… DC Magazine runs picture of Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) and her boyfriend, Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla). Captions it Bono “and guest.” [Roll Call] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Aviatrix Lust…