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The 69 Pages of Writing Advice Denis Johnson Collected from Flannery O’Connor, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King, Hunter Thompson, Werner Herzog & Many Others

The internet is full of inspirational quotations about writing, many of them from accomplished and respectable writers. But what need could such writers have of inspirational quotations themselves? Surely true literary art flows from its authors without need of encouraging words, demand though it may sustained periods of labor, frustration, and even suffering. These days, more than a few who seek to create such art spend time studying not just its past masterworks but its living masters. “Some ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Writing, College, Stephen King, Bob Dylan, Jesus, Akira Kurosawa, Johnson, Gore Vidal, Jack Kerouac, Albert Camus, Seoul, Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene, Thompson

In which Doreen swears This is NOT about COVID-19.

It's about what comes next. I've already heard from several uber talented, enviously awarded, resumed and mostly still employed friends and former students about what comes next.   Employed or not, they recognize the current world situation is not going to go away soon.   That when it does, it will not longer be "business as usual." What does comes next? Up to you.  For whatever reasons, economic change - and agency flux - cycle again and again. When I first started working, recessions a...
Tags: New York, Advertising, Gore Vidal, Pacific, Northwest, Southwest, North East, Doreen, Kamikaze Creative, San Francisco Silicon Valley, LA Chicago Minneapolis Texas Places, Prospect See, CCO ECD

There was a prototype toy line for the X-rated epic film disaster Caligula (1979)

In 1979, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione produced a big budget feature film about the Roman emperor Caligula starring Maclolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, and John Gielgud. Scripted by Gore Vidal and filled with graphic sex and violence, it was a critical and box office disaster but has garnered cult acclaim over the years. (Original trailer below.) Now, archivist Thomas Negovan and Shadow of the Vampire director E. Elias Merhig have located all of the original foota...
Tags: Toys, Video, Movies, News, Weird, Bob, Gore Vidal, Action Figures, Bob Guccione, Roman, John Gielgud, Thomas Negovan, Caligula, Cult Films, Cinco, Guccione

A prototype toy line for the X-rated epic film disaster Caligula (1979)... April Fool's!

(Yes, this is an April Fool's joke.) In 1979, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione produced a big budget feature film about the Roman emperor Caligula starring Maclolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, and John Gielgud. Scripted by Gore Vidal and filled with graphic sex and violence, it was a critical and box office disaster but has garnered cult acclaim over the years. (Original trailer below.) Now, archivist Thomas Negovan and Shadow of the Vampire director E. Elias Mer...
Tags: Toys, Video, Movies, News, Weird, Bob, Gore Vidal, Action Figures, Bob Guccione, Roman, John Gielgud, Thomas Negovan, Caligula, Cult Films, Cinco, Guccione

Taylor Swift Surprises Some Fans With Donations As COVID-19 Spread Continues

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions. TAYLOR SWIFT SENDING MONEY TO FANS Taylor Swift is helping fill the blank space where incomes have gone for several of her fans. Some have gotten thousands of dollars from the “Lover” an...
Tags: Amazon, New York, News, Taylor Swift, Broadway, Cbs, Macmillan, Gore Vidal, Swift, Tim McGraw, Playwrights Horizons, Turner, Eric Church, Hillel Italie, Susan, Darius Rucker

In which Doreen asks, "Is Copy Strategy the same as Creative Strategy?"

The short answer, "Yes." The long answer, "No." While I've written a great deal on Kamikaze Creative Strategy(TM), some on Design Strategy, I'm not sure I've given Copy Strategy much text.  Like many good thoughts, this omission came to me in the Jacuzzi - and while I can't remember the post that wrote itself in the bubbles, I dried off thinking this was something I needed to address. What is Copy Strategy?  How does it differ from Kamikaze Creative Strategy(TM)? If great copy is an intimate ...
Tags: Advertising, Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, LOC, KCS, Prospect, Doreen, Danger Will Robinson, Dave Barry, Kamikaze Creative, Prospect Group, David Baldwin, Prospect Definition, KKF LOC, Bill William F Buckley, George Wills Leonard Pitt Harry Golden

Salvador Dalí Strolls onto The Dick Cavett Show with an Anteater, Then Talks About Dreams & Surrealism, the Golden Ratio & More (1970)

There was a time when you could flip on the TV in the evening, tune in to a major network's late-night talk show, and see Salvador Dalí walking an anteater. That time was the early 1970s, the network was ABC, and the talk show's host was Dick Cavett, who dared to converse on camera, and at length, with everyone from Ingmar Bergman and Woody Allen to Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal to David Bowie and Janis Joplin, and John Lennon with Yoko Ono. Whether they went smoothly or bumpily, Cavett's...
Tags: Google, Art, Television, Abc, College, John Lennon, America, Earth, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Satchel Paige, Salvador Dalí, Gore Vidal, Woody Allen, Janis Joplin, Dick Cavett

Julian Assange: Convicted, unrepentant, and behind bars

It was an ignoble end for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. After having spent almost seven years defiantly hiding in Ecuador’s London embassy, where he spread state secrets and bodily excretions alike, his tenancy was ended by several burly coppers who dragged him by into a waiting police van as he yelled incoherently about Gore Vidal. BREAKING: #Assange removed from embassy – video — Ruptly (@Ruptly) April 11, 2019 The Met’s finest then took Assange, who at this poin...
Tags: Startups, London, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Gore Vidal, Saddam Hussein, Central London, Insider, Assange, Rasputin

Assange arrest leads to interest in book of Vidal interviews

NEW YORK (AP) — The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made a book of interviews with Gore Vidal an unexpected best-seller. Assange was carrying a copy of “Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State & Vidal on America” when he was arrested Thursday at the Ecuadoran embassy in London. By Friday afternoon, […]
Tags: New York, London, News, Entertainment, America, Ap, Nation, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Gore Vidal, Assange, Vidal, National Security State

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, was holding Gore Vidal book during arrest

Julian Assange appeared to hold a copy of "Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State" during his arrest Thursday.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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"The Radziwill-Capote friendship ended... They fell out when she refused to testify for Mr. Capote in a libel suit brought by Gore Vidal..."

"... over a Capote assertion, citing her as his source, that Mr. Vidal had been ejected drunk from the Kennedy White House. Mr. Vidal said he had merely been escorted to his hotel by friends after antagonizing Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Mr. Vidal won the suit and an apology."From "Lee Radziwill, Ex-Princess and Sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Dies at 85" (NYT).I've never been interested in Princess Radziwill, but I'm thoroughly intrigued by the news that Vidal sued Truman Capote for ...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, Drinking, Homosexuality, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Jackie, Kennedy, Defamation, Gore, Lee, Buckley, Robert Kennedy, William F Buckley Jr, Truman

'Can Democracy Work?' Is the Essential Question We Must Continue to Grapple With

None 'Can democracy work?' is a question whose answer in the affirmative seems less and less certain these days. On one hand is the rise of authoritarianism. In a recent segment of his HBO show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver expressed concern over the trend, citing the obvious, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Chinese President-for-Life Xi Jinping, but also Hungary's Viktor Orban, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, and far-right politician Jair Balsanaro, the new President of Brazil. On another, and e...
Tags: Feature, Music, Hbo, Politics, Greece, Vladimir Putin, Democracy, France, John Oliver, Senate, Russia, America, Turkey, Hungary, Britain, United States

The War of the Public Intellectuals: A Review of “Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal” (2015)

When and how did the polarization of political opinion become so mainstream in the US? When was acrimony institutionalized? When did it become acceptable to deny a political opponent’s right to exist, and to commit oneself to the destruction of one’s opponents? When was incivility validated? Why are personal attacks, smears, and character assassination legitimized […]
Tags: Media, Censorship, US, Homosexuality, Anthropology, Identity politics, Gore Vidal, Agency, Liberalism, 1968, Buckley, Culture Wars, William F. Buckley Jr, Political Analysis, DOCUMENTARY REVIEWS, Death Of Liberalism

Thought for the day, Oct. 3, 2018

Gore Vidal, age 23. (Photo by Carl Van Vechten/Carl Van Vechten Photograpahs collection at the Library of Congress)   Gore Vidal, American writer and commentator “The average ‘educated’ American has been made to believe that, somehow, the United States must lead the world even though hardly anyone has any information at all about those countries we are meant to lead. Worse, we have very little information about our own country and its past.” (from a 1983 essay in “At Home”) Oct. 3, 1925-July...
Tags: Congress, Sport, Soccer, United States, Gore Vidal, Local News, San Fernando Valley, Thought For The Day, Carl Van Vechten Carl Van Vechten Photograpahs

Now Stream This: ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller’, ‘Revenge’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘They Came Together’, and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)  Another edition of Now Stream This is here to offer you a smorgasbord of streaming options! Be honest – you don’t want to leave your house. You want to stay inside and watch movies without getting up off the couch. If you find yourself in this situation, but remain uncertain about just what to watch, this column is here to help. In this edition, w...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Drama, Horror, Fantasy, Demon, Western, Features, Ethan Hawke, Amy Poehler, Revenge, Kate Winslet, Stronger, Beatty, Gore Vidal, Kenneth Branagh

"'Nobody even told me about it,' Trump says in the recording of a phone call that Newman says is from the day after she was fired from her White House communications post in December."

"'I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. Goddammit. I don’t love you leaving at all.'... Newman, in a combative interview on Today, dodged questions about whether Trump was lying on the phone call, saying that she was 'not certain.' She added that Trump, in general, is 'absolutely' a serial liar, but said she 'never expected him to lie to the country.' She said she was locked in a room before Kelly told her she was fired, and characterized the meeting as 'false imprisonment.' 'It’s not acceptable...
Tags: Law, White House, Intelligence, Cnn, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Gore Vidal, Lou Reed, Seinfeld, Geniuses, Trump, Omarosa, Kelly, Newman, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"If, in a spirit of free intellectual and imaginative inquiry, you dared to suggest that a man who masturbated in front of a woman he barely knew without her consent..."

"... might have been acting out, in an attitude of aggressive contempt, his own shame and emasculation — if you tried to understand his actions, without justifying them — you would be shouted down and vilified. Imagine the outcry if you went further and speculated about why Harvey Weinstein allegedly manipulated some actresses dependent on his power into watching him while he was naked. Could it be that Mr. Weinstein, who reportedly had often been mocked for his appearance, wanted to dehumanize ...
Tags: Murder, Law, Rape, Harvey Weinstein, Morality, Gore Vidal, Sexual Harassment, Truman Capote, David Mamet, Richard Wright, Thomas, James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Weinstein, SIEGEL, Lee Siegel

In Torrance, ‘Catered Affair’ leaves its audience nicely satisfied

We don’t have many charming chamber musicals about ordinary people in ordinary circumstances, let alone one centering on a middle-aged woman. But we have “A Catered Affair,” given an affectionate, respectful rendition at Torrance Theatre Company through June 17. With book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by John Bucchino, based on the 1956 Bette Davis film written by Gore Vidal, itself based on the 1955 teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky, “A Catered Affair” is basically about planning a wedding, i...
Tags: New York City, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Bette Davis, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Gore Vidal, Tom, Torrance, Hollywood Bowl, Morales, John Bucchino, WINSTON, Nathan Lane

‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Turn 50 and They Remain Unlikely Companion Pieces

On April 3, 1968, two all-time greats of the science fiction genre, Planet of the Apes and 2001: A Space Odyssey, hit U.S. theaters. Both films are classics in which astronaut missions go awry, but there are other linking threads. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the famous “Dawn of Man” sequence shows the beginning of human history, with intelligence alighting within some of our ape-like ancestors, teaching them how to wield bones as weapons. In Planet of the Apes, it’s the end of history we see: hu...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Sci-fi, Earth, Features, Fox, Tennessee, Andy Serkis, Dodge, Gore Vidal, Taylor, Apes, Nova, John the Baptist, Patton, Landon

My part in the anti-war demo that changed protest for ever

Fifty years ago this week, Donald Macintyre was one of 246 anti-Vietnam protesters arrested in London’s Grosvenor Square…The only direct reporting from Saigon in the Observer on 17 March 1968 was on an inside page: a two-column dispatch by Gavin Young reflecting on the sobering effect on US officials and the military of Hanoi’s ferocious Tet offensive, which had ended the previous month. But Vietnam still permeated the paper, from the front-page lead on the world gold crisis, triggered above all...
Tags: Politics, New York, London, Protest, US, UK News, World news, Mayfair, Vietnam, Gore Vidal, Harold Wilson, Committee, Hanoi, Saigon, Indochina, Aldermaston

‘House of Cards’ Final Season Adds Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear to the Cast

Netflix’s political drama series House of Cards is being shaken up after the firing of Kevin Spacey following sexual misconduct allegations. The show is entering its final season, and without Spacey returning as Frank Underwood, the show will instead focus on Robin Wright as his wife Claire Underwood. However, some new faces will be joining the production as well. Oscar nominees Diane Lane (Man of Steel) and Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) have been added to the cast of House of Cards. But ...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Movies, Drama, Casting, Netflix, House Of Cards, Kevin Spacey, Gore Vidal, Political, Greg-Kinnear, Frank Underwood, Robin Wright, Kinnear, Lane, Diane-Lane

Sony Pulls Festival Premiere Of 'All The Money' After Kevin Spacey Allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures has pulled the film “All the Money in the World” from its AFI Fest premiere following the sexual misconduct allegations made against co-star Kevin Spacey. In a statement Monday, Sony’s TriStar Pictures said it was withdrawing the film from the Los Angeles festival because “it would be inappropriate to celebrate a gala at this difficult time.” It had been slated to be the festival’s closing night film on November 16. Directed by Ridley Scott, “All the Money in the Wo...
Tags: New York, London, News, Los Angeles, Ap, Star Trek, World, AFI Fest, Mark Wahlberg, Sony, Getty, Kevin Spacey, Sony Pictures, Gore Vidal, Rapp, Anthony Rapp

Netflix severs ties with Kevin Spacey — including upcoming film ‘Gore’

Netflix has severed all ties with actor Kevin Spacey — not only putting a halt to “House of Cards,” but also nixing the release of the film ‘Gore,’ a spokesperson for the internet network said. Spacey has also been suspended from the four-year-old political drama while the production company, Media Rights Capital, reviews allegations from at least eight people who allege inappropriate behavior by the two-time Oscar winning actor. Related: Suspension of ‘House of Cards’ is a rare move in an ind...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Sport, Netflix, Soccer, House Of Cards, Kevin Spacey, Gore Vidal, Rapp, Mrc, Gore, Spacey, National News, Media Rights Capital, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR

Netflix fires Kevin Spacey from 'House of Cards'

Kevin Spacey was the star and executive producer of "House of Cards." Spacey has been accused by several men of sexual harassment and assault. Netflix is firing Spacey from "House of Cards" and ending production on a biopic of Gore Vidal staring Spacey. Netflix is parting ways with Kevin Spacey, the star and executive producer of "House of Cards." "Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey," Netflix said in a statement Friday night....
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Kevin Spacey: Netflix Severs Ties, Cancels Gore Vidal Biopic

Just a few days after "House of Cards" actor Kevin Spacey was accused of alleged sexual misconduct by "Star Trek: Discovery" star and Broadway veteran Anthony Rapp, Netflix severed all ties with Spacey. They have also said to have canceled the release of an upcoming Gore Vidal biopic starring the actor. Rumors to kill off Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, have been widely speculated ever since news of his alleged sexual misconduct first broke out.  
Tags: News, Broadway, House Of Cards, Kevin Spacey, Gore Vidal, Frank Underwood, Spacey, Anthony Rapp Netflix

Netflix Officially Fires Kevin Spacey!

Goodbye Frank Underwood... On Friday, amid Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct scandal, Netflix has officially fired the actor from House Of Cards, in addition to canceling his upcoming Gore Vidal biopic Gore. Related: Kevin Accused Of Flashing & Paying Off A Teenage Barkeep A network spokesperson said: "Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey... We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as i...
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Netflix Fires Kevin Spacey from ‘House of Cards’

Netflix has officially parted ways with “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey amid mounting claims of sexual assault and harassment. The streaming giant also said it would cancel the Gore Vidal biopic, which was set to star the two-time Oscar-winning actor. “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that […]
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Kevin Spacey Fired from House of Cards

Kevin Spacey fired from House of Cards Netflix has announced tonight that the company is parting ways with House of Cards star and executive producer Kevin Spacey. The news comes after production on Season 6 had been suspended following sexual assault and harassment allegations against Spacey. The streaming company also says it will no longer release the Gore Vidal biopic Gore, which was to star the actor. “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includ...
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Kevin Spacey Suspended From ‘House of Cards’ [Updated]

Update #3, 11/3/17: Variety reports that Kevin Spacey has been suspended from House of Cards, a “legally necessary first step toward Spacey’s eventual termination.” Netflix has also cancelled the Gore Vidal biopic he was set to star in for the streaming service. The official statement reads as follows: Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Movies, Netflix, Thriller, House Of Cards, Cbs, Kevin-Spacey, Gore Vidal, Baltimore, Rapp, Mrc, Anthony Rapp, Frank Underwood, Spacey, Beau Willimon

Beverly Hills Police Launch Criminal Probe Into Weinstein And Toback

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood’s widening sexual harassment crisis saw new allegations leveled against Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven, while police in Beverly Hills announced they have launched criminal investigations over complaints received about Harvey Weinstein and writer-director James Toback. The Beverly Hills Police Department did not specify the nature of the assault complaints, but Tuesday’s announcement comes less than a month after numerous women accused Weinstein of sexually harassing t...
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