Dery on Gore Vidal, "The Last Roman"


4 Responses to “Dery on Gore Vidal, "The Last Roman"”

  1. Amelia_G says:

    Thanks for this introduction to Mark Dery. It’s good to see Alain de Botton is becoming more relevant with age… While I enjoyed reading about the marvelous Gore Vidal, I can’t help wishing Vidal had written the essay.

    Other fun moments in it:
    - “The trick, in a mass culture consumed by consumption, is to have your Kirk hermeneutics and clear some space for the sort of discourse where the nature of Caesar’s character is what passes for chitchat and the chitchatters walk around with their footnotes hanging out.”
    - “the hog wallow of our political process”

    • AttackHamster says:

      Botton is a drooling, middle-brow dullard. His only relevance is to serve as a warning of our possible torpid cultural destiny.

  2. Roy Trumbull says:

    After having read his books for decades and thoroughly enjoying him and Wm. F. Buckley doing battle on ABC (check U-Tube) at the time of the 1968 conventions, I got to talk to him alone as he was making his exit to go to the next interview on his book tour. I rattled off some titles. His face fell. “They’re all out of print.” I should hope  e publishing will keep that from happening to any author.

  3. tsol says:

    Patrician oikophobia- so hot right now!

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