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Among the flood of remembrance for Gore Vidal in the wake of his 2012 passing, James Wolcott's holds its own. Not only does The Gore Supremacy evince the same assured prose it celebrates, it also plays a tearful "Taps" for a time when men and women of letters had a meaningful forum on national television, a forum for ideas and debate of which Vidal made singular use. To hear Wolcott sing Vidal's praises is to succumb to a lament that--with the latter's death--the coffin swings shut on the very last of an era in American literature from which literally no writer has yet risen to carry the torch. Along the way Wolcott offers blistering criticism of reality TV and M.F.A. writing programs and revelatory accolades for those few who wring the most out of celebrity, privilege, and the English language. Rare among the proud micro-genre of literary obituary, The Gore Supremacy is as pleasurable to read as the work of the man it commemorates. --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 108 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YOJRW6
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Born and raised in Maryland, James Wolcott is a columnist for Vanity Fair and has written for The New Republic, The London Review of Books, Bookforum, and many other publications still treading water. He--I mean, I--also have a blog at the Vanity Fair website, where I keep tabs on politics, Project Runway, Mad Men, the dance scene, books, birding, and generally make a nuisance of myself, but in a fun, passionate, caring way. My wife Laura Jacobs is a novelist (her latest is The Bird Catcher), a dance critic, and Vanity Fair writer, and we live a wacky sitcom life in Manhattan with our two ocicats, Henry and Veronica, who deserve their own spinoff series. We also have a small bungalow on the Delaware Bay side of the Jersey Shore, where I sleep on the screened-in back porch and harbor any cricket who happens to pop in. My memoir about the Seventies in NYC, those years of punk and Pauline Kael, was published in 2011 by Doubleday. And in the autumn of 2013, Doubleday published my bulging nonfiction collection Critical Mass, which received (if I may be immodest) a rave in The New York Times.

I have published two bestselling Kindle Singles: The Gore Supremacy, about the life and strife of writer-provocateur Gore Vidal, and Wild in the Seats, a recreation of the tumultuous first performance of Stravinsky-Nijinsky-Diaghilev's The Rite of Spring on its 100th anniversary.

I can be followed on Twitter: twitter.com/JamesWolcott

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Seth M Guggenheim on August 18, 2012
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So much has been written about Vidal through the years, and especially after he passed on this July. This essay is a true standout, though, and its engaging prose will edify Vidalophiles and newcomers to Vidal alike. Wolcott, naturally, refers to the oft-told stories of Vidal's public scrapes with the likes of Mailer and Buckley, but he does not dwell on them. Wolcott places Vidal in context, and makes the reader yearn for the days when David Susskind sat in a cloud of cigarette smoke on his show with the likes of Susan Sontag, and when Dick Cavett engaged his guests in discussions worth listening to. What I especially appreciate, in a goosebumpy kind of way, is Wolcott's deliberate refusal to immerse us in the products of Vidal's unfortunate mental decline toward the end of his life. This is not a fawning tribute; it is a fair one and one which Vidal himself would have appreciated.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on August 19, 2012
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Whether you were a fan of Gore Vidal or not, it was hard to ignore him. As one of the rising stars of the literary world after World War II, he was one of the generation of writers who became as comfortable in front of a TV camera as he was with a typewriter. As well known as he would become for his novels and stage plays, Vidal is perhaps even better known for his classic TV appearances. I'm old enough to actually remember the 1968 Democratic Convention when Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. faced off as political commentators, and the head-to-head with Norman Mailer on the Dick Cavett Show a few years later. That era of TV has long since ended (how many authors have you seen on talk shows lately?), but James Wolcott has captured the essence of the times in the Kindle Single "The Gore Supremacy." Vidal described his personal credo as "Never say no to sex or appearing on television."

Obviously a fan of Gore Vidal, Wolcott rehashes the highlights of Vidal's tumultuous career, including the rejection and blackballing his early gay novels received from mainstream reviewers. Vidal forged ahead, however, eventually achieving mainstream acceptance and popularity. But he never cared about being liked, preferring to sit on his throne "dispensing papal benediction to those who came to pay homage."

A very readable account of Gore Vidal, a one of a kind character.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Reece on August 19, 2012
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In all of his reasonable and warranted lamentations on the passing of the last master, Wolcott has overlooked a voice that keeps us all listening despite a year of tragic literary losses. It is his own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Howard on August 27, 2012
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As the title of this review indicates, caveat lector: I was Gore Vidal's last book editor and am James Wolcott's current one. Fair warning! But I want to tell prospective readers that this is a lovely, eloquent and touchingly elegaic piece of writing, one that not only captures Vidal in all his singularity (while not shining off his flaws) , but that mourns the passing of the literary culture in which such a figure could flourish. It is the best such piece produced since Gore Vidal left the building.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 16, 2012
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An homage to a man who may have been America's last public intellectual. This work highlights classic Vidal at his best and is an enjoyable, often amusing read. I am almost 65 years old and have followed Mr. Vidal since college, and always found his curmudgeonly persona quite engaging. Reading this reminded me how much he will be missed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By esarfjames on September 21, 2012
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This essay by James Wolcoat is rather bland overview of the writer's opinion about the great American man of ideas, Gore Vidal. Vidal took an insider's outside look of American society. Born into the right, but not quite so right, upperclass WASP society, Vidal formed an objective viewpoint of American society, particulary towards politics and social order. The review begins quite sharply with Mr Wolcot's first viewing of Mr. Vidal and his barbed battle with William F. Buckley, Jr., which sets the reader up for a sparkling review of the wit and wisdom of the great essayist and writer. There is a respectful and somewhat enlightened coverage of Vidal's earlier works, such as the adolescent Williwaw, and the popular and shockingly (for a postwar nation) hilarious, Myra Breckenridge. Wolcot's book seems more nostalgic for an age gone by, than by the poignant growth of a writer who matured during that emerging period. Although Vidal did titilate us with societal gems of his relations with Jackie O., Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and other celebrities, I found that more like icing on the cake than the vision of the sage that played in that cultural circus. In both Gore Vidal's personal and professional life, and those who lived it with him,Vidal's analysis of our society progressed, often far more than society at large did. Vidal gave us insight into our nation's history, and through his enlightened vision may just haved helped us understand our country objectively and begin to mature us all. Above all, Vidal knew the folly of mankind, but, I do think, he had hope for the goodness and intelligence of us all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Salerno on February 2, 2014
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James Wolcott has written a delightful, long magazine piece, the sort of thing I remember from the Atlantic Monthly or Harper's of my teenage years, a tribute to one of America's finest -- and most deliberately controversial -- contemporary writers. I enjoyed every minute I spent with this piece and my only regret is that it wasn't a bit longer. Highly recommended.
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