Great moments in punditry:
I need to re-watch Bob Roberts, stat. I will miss that witty old curmudgeon.
It’s remarkable that he lived so long after such an intimidating threat from Bill Buckley. Such a physical threat, delivered in that Connecticut lockjaw accent by a famous intellectual – “and you’ll stay plaahstird” had me laughing so hard I had trouble breathing.
I recall this happening but didn’t recall that it might well have made people wonder about Buckley’s sexual orientation!
About 6 years ago, I had an opportunity to go and see a staged reading of a 1-act play of his in Chapel Hill, NC. The play itself had never been produced before.
It took place in the the South, right before the Civil War, with a lot of great characters getting together at a family gathering right before outbreak of the war.
It wasn’t great – but it was pretty good.
Gore Vidal was there after the reading to answer questions, and I gathered my courage and asked him why he had made a play out of this rather than a book – which I thought was a pretty interesting question to ask of a man who had written both.
He looked to be very, very frail – I thought he was older than his then 80 years. And he didn’t seem to understand my question and gave me some non sequitur of an answer.
Oh well, I thought, at least the great Gore Vidal acknowledged my existence!
Off topic but: I’ve noticed that since old Mike Huckabuck has been promoting that Chick-fill-up joint he has gotten quite fat again, came across this gem:
This made my evening, to see Buckley lose his cool.
Elsewhere, on a comment thread regarding Vidal’s death, someone quipped that conservatives haven’t had a good writer since “Hee Haw” was cancelled.
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