Kurt Vonnegut on Bookworm

September 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Kurt talks to Michael Silverblatt about “Bagombo Snuff Box” and his life’s work. Broadcast Nov 11 1999. KCRW own the audio. (via Doug Tarnopol)

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Gore Vidal’s Gore Vidal – BBC Omnibus 1995

September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Gore Vidal’s Gore Vidal is a BBC Omnibus documentary first screened in 1995. The two part film biography covers Vidal’s life by visiting scenes from his past.

Episode One

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Gore Vidal, RIP

August 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

The great Gore Vidal is no more. One of the greatest prose-stylists of the last 100 years, he had a rapier-like wit, and remained a non-conformist to the end. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate his life than to leave you in Gore’s own company. Here is an archive of Gore Vidal’s writings and media appearances, some of them rare, that PULSE has published over the years. Also, don’t miss this blistering 1986 response to the Norman Podhoretz in which Vidal is identifying predilections, particularly the neoconservatives passionate attachment to Israel, that 17 years later would lead the US to disaster in Iraq.

Norman Mailer: The Naked and the Dead

July 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

The following is a documentary on Norman Mailer’s classic, The Naked and the Dead.

The Role of Tom Rob Smith in Brand Israel

May 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

Tom Rob Smith is grappling with some serious philosophical questions these days. He asks himself what the purpose of fiction is? What the role of the writer in society is?

What prompted the popular writer to go back to his Cambridge roots and rehash this very Humanities 101 debate? Why the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement of course!

Tom Rob Smith at the Jerusalem Writers Festival not discussing the ways in which it whitewashes apartheid, and is sponsored by an organization which is responsible for ongoing ethnic cleansing, only minutes away from the premises. (source: The Jerusalem Writers Festival Facebook page)

Tom Rob Smith at the Jerusalem Writers Festival not discussing the ways in which it whitewashes apartheid, and is sponsored by an organization which is responsible for ongoing ethnic cleansing, only minutes away from the premises. (source: The Jerusalem Writers Festival Facebook page)

 

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Gore Vidal on Italo Calvino

May 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

Gore Vidal sat down with Riz Khan to discuss Italo Calvino, whom Vidal describes as “the only great writer of my time”. Vidal’s essay on Calvino is available here.

John Steinbeck’s Nobel Speech

May 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

‘I am here┬ánot to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.’

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