History Creator / GoreVidal

25th May '16 10:45:25 AM JulianLapostat
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--> '''Colonel Burr''': ''I sense nothing more than the ordinary busy-ness of men wanting to make a place for themselves. Some are simply busier than others, and so will take the higher ground. But it is no different here from what it is in London or what it was in Caesar’s Rome.''\\
'''Hamilton''': ''There is more to it than that, Burr. But then I have always thought we might be able to make something unique in this place.''\\
'''Colonel Burr''' ''Our uniqueness is only geographical.''\\
'''Hamilton''': ''No, it is moral. That is the secret to all greatness.''
9th May '16 7:16:08 AM DrRomoray
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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems. Buckley was a Catholic who gained national recognition with ''God and Male at Yale'', a critique of secularism in academia. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''.

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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems. Buckley was a Catholic who gained national recognition with ''God and Male Men at Yale'', a critique of secularism in academia. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''.
9th May '16 7:14:49 AM DrRomoray
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Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was a novelist, essayist, and playwright whose career spanned sixty years, beginning immediately following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and continuing into the early phase of the [[TurnOfTheMillennium new millennium]]. In the world of literature, he was best known for his breakthrough work ''The City and the Pillar'', the first post-war novel to feature a [[{{UsefulNotes/Homosexual}} homosexual]] protagonist who isn't [[BuryYourGays bumped off]] at the end of the story. A quarter-century later, Vidal began penning a series of historical novels based on the formulative years of the United States, including a third-person account of [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]] which met with high accolades.

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Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was a novelist, essayist, and playwright whose career spanned sixty years, beginning immediately following after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and continuing into the early phase of the [[TurnOfTheMillennium new millennium]]. In the world of literature, he was best known for his breakthrough work ''The City and the Pillar'', the first post-war novel to feature a [[{{UsefulNotes/Homosexual}} homosexual]] protagonist who isn't [[BuryYourGays bumped off]] at the end of the story. A quarter-century later, Vidal began penning a series of historical novels based on the formulative years of the United States, including a third-person account of [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]] which met with high accolades.
9th May '16 7:14:01 AM DrRomoray
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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems.

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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems.
systems. Buckley was a Catholic who gained national recognition with ''God and Male at Yale'', a critique of secularism in academia. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''.
14th Feb '16 7:19:52 PM KYCubbie
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''Holluwood'' caught negative reviews for inventing a female newspaper publisher in 1939; however, Vidal was quick to point out that Eleanor Patterson took control of a D.C. paper less than twenty years later.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''Holluwood'' ''Hollywood'' caught negative reviews for inventing a female newspaper publisher in 1939; however, Vidal was quick to point out that Eleanor Patterson took control of a D.C. paper less than twenty years later.



* TheCasanova: John Hay, Lincoln's aide and confidante, is a self-styled one. Aaron Burr in ''Burr'' is presented as another one, considered to have fathered more than a few illegitmate children, with future president Martin Van Buuren cited as one as per rumor, [[spoiler: and the other one being the protagonist Charles Schuyler.]]

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* TheCasanova: John Hay, Lincoln's aide and confidante, is a self-styled one. Aaron Burr in ''Burr'' is presented as another one, considered to have fathered more than a few illegitmate children, with future president Martin Van Buuren UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren cited as one as per rumor, [[spoiler: and the other one being the protagonist Charles Schuyler.]]



* {{Eagleland}} : A real {{Deconstruction}} of the same showing how the image was built and sustained over several different decades for political purpose. In ''Burr'', Aaron Burr and Hamilton, while they were still friends discuss the new republic with Burr admitting that for all its aspirations, political life in America was the same as it was in the English Parliament and indeed in Ancient Rome, not really the break from the old that its Founders envisioned or made the public believe in.

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* {{Eagleland}} : A real {{Deconstruction}} of the same showing how the image was built and sustained over several different decades for political purpose. In ''Burr'', Aaron Burr and Hamilton, UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton, while they were still friends discuss the new republic with Burr admitting that for all its aspirations, political life in America was the same as it was in the English Parliament and indeed in Ancient Rome, not really the break from the old that its Founders envisioned or made the public believe in.



* OldMediaAreEvil: William Randolf Hearst and his numerous disciples, although their control over public opinion isn't evil so much as pragmatic. Later, the influence of the press gives away to a vastly more powerful medium: [[PopculturalOsmosis movies!]]

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* OldMediaAreEvil: William Randolf Randolph Hearst and his numerous disciples, although their control over public opinion isn't evil so much as pragmatic. Later, the influence of the press gives away to a vastly more powerful medium: [[PopculturalOsmosis movies!]]
24th Dec '15 12:31:28 PM JohnnyLurg
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Best known by a later generation as [[OldShame procreator]] of two dubious cinematic efforts, ''Myra Breckinridge'' and ''Caligula''. Vidal tried [[AlanSmithee disowning]] the latter, but his lawyers moved too slowly and thus his screen credit remains. Nevertheless, he did appear in a [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailer]] for a ''Caligula'' remake, so at least he was a good sport about it. Later in life, he accepted the odd acting role onstage and in film, most notably as the title character's Senate race opponent in ''Film/BobRoberts'', the space shuttle impresario in ''{{Film/Gattaca}}'' and a priest in ''Igby Goes Down''.

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Best known by a later generation as [[OldShame procreator]] of two dubious cinematic efforts, ''Myra Breckinridge'' and ''Caligula''. Vidal tried [[AlanSmithee disowning]] the latter, but his lawyers moved too slowly and thus his screen credit remains. Nevertheless, he did appear in a [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailer]] for a ''Caligula'' remake, so at least he was a good sport about it. Later in life, he accepted the odd acting role onstage and in film, most notably as the title character's Senate race opponent in ''Film/BobRoberts'', the space shuttle impresario in ''{{Film/Gattaca}}'' and a priest in ''Igby Goes Down''.
''Film/IgbyGoesDown''.
29th Sep '15 5:30:29 AM kchishol
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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems.

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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems.
12th Jul '15 12:34:22 AM johnnyfog
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* YourDaysAreNumbered: Kalki seems unperturbed by the various threats on his life; CIA, DEA, Chinese gangsters, the South Koreans, any number of government would like to see Kalki dead. [[spoiler:Kalki hires an actor to take a bullet for him, leaving him free to carry out his apocalypse on schedule.]]

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* YourDaysAreNumbered: Kalki seems is unperturbed by the various numerous threats on his life; life: CIA, DEA, Chinese gangsters, the South Koreans, Koreans... any number of government governments would like love to see Kalki dead. [[spoiler:Kalki hires an actor to take a bullet for him, leaving him free to carry out his apocalypse on schedule.]]
12th Jul '15 12:32:24 AM johnnyfog
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Warren Harding surprises many of his so-called supporters by revealing himself to be a crafty politician. Internally, Burden wonders if Harding's image as a folksy, third-tier candidate was all [[DivideAndConquer an elaborate ruse]].

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Warren Harding surprises many of his so-called supporters by revealing himself to be a crafty politician. Internally, Burden wonders if Harding's image as a folksy, harmless, third-tier candidate was all [[DivideAndConquer an elaborate ruse]].
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