Gore Vidal

10 Great 2015 Movies You Can Stream Right Now

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As the unveiling of our “Best Movies of 2015” list inches closer and our lists of runners-up continue, we offer up a little something for those of you with limited funds, limited time, or limited access to the big year-end flicks: ten great movies you can watch on Netflix from the comfort of your own home, this very minute, by simply clicking the …Read More

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Inside Out,’ ‘The End of the Tour’

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It’s a pretty busy day on the new release shelf, with one of the summer’s biggest hits and most acclaimed movies making the most noise. But there are plenty of off-beat bets as well, from a drama about two writers to a documentary about two writers to a throwback screwball comedy to a welcome re-release of “the most dangerous movie ever made.”
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The 30 Harshest Writer-on-Politician Insults in History

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Here at Flavorwire, we’ve established a proud tradition of surveying great insults — but it’s nothing compared to the millennia-old tradition of commentators and satirists lobbing invective at the politicians of their time. With election season upon us, it seemed a good time to round up a selection of the best examples of this particular variety of insults — click through for 30 of the best/funniest/nastiest.
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10 Must-Read Books for October 2015

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October is traditionally one of the best months for both fiction and nonfiction, and this year is no different. But instead of taking up precious real estate to argue this point here in the introduction, I’ll just casually prove it by listing some books I left off the list this month:
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17 Unrepentantly Trashy Beach Reads for 2015

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According to the National Ocean Service, almost 40 percent of the American population lives in a county located directly on a shoreline. If you then imagine America as a giant sanitation vehicle, and if you also figure that most Americans can read, then you arrive at a simple conclusion: we are all, in one way or another, human literary trashcans destined for the beach. With this in mind, here is a selection of the most interesting literary trash of 2015 so …Read More

The Revealing First Entries in 10 Fictional Diaries

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Marilyn Monroe made the character Lorelei Lee famous after her portrayal of the diamond-loving gold-digger in the 1953 Howard Hawks musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But author Anita Loos, who was born on this day, invented the outrageous blonde in her 1925 Jazz-Age novel of the same name. Written in the form of Lorelei’s diary, spelling mistakes and all, Loos captures the character’s personality and obsession with wealth and status in the opening entry. These other fictional diaries are equally telling, revealing powerful themes and insights into each character from the very first page. It’s also fascinating to see how the diary format has often been relied upon to express the inner world of fictional women throughout literature.
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Gore Vidal’s Insane, Rejected Cairo Pulp Novel Resurfaces

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The little man shook his great head. “I have been to many countries. I’ve done many things. Now I play piano at Le Couteau Rouge.”

“What do you know about a woman named Hélène de Rastignac, a French countess?”

Le Mouche sighed. “Many things. I know, for instance, that she is not French, but Alexandrian, and I know that she is not a countess.”

“But is she rich?”

“I shouldn’t be surprised.”

“Was she a spy in the war?”

“Everyone in Cairo was a spy. It was the thing to be.”
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