They don’t make ’em like this anymore

Here’s a great article by Jim Holt about two of America’s most fascinating “national treasures,” Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. If you’re not familiar with these “celebrity intellectuals” and their longtime feud, give it a read. Chances are, you’ll be spending the late hours of the night browsing through YouTube, searching for more sound bytes from their many television appearances. This is their most famous:

Most people who know me wouldn’t be surprised to learn that most of my political sympathies align closer to those of Vidal. What almost nobody knows (except you lucky readers of my blog), is that I’m also a major fan of Buckley and his talk show “Firing Line,” which ran on PBS from 1966-1999. Of course, I disagree with him on almost every major political issue, but I can’t deny that his show is such a wonderful time capsule of American culture. How could you not like a show that featured guests like Allen Ginsberg, Otto Preminger, Groucho Marx, Hugh Hefner, Truman Capote, Mother Teresa and Margaret Thatcher? One of the benefits of my Amazon Prime subscription is that I have access to a number of archived episodes of this show for free.

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~ by Sean Ammerman on August 4, 2015.

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