| Jul 31, 2012
| 10:56 PM
Gore Vidal was impossible to categorize, which was exactly the way he liked it.
The reading public knew him as a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels —from the historical "Lincoln" to the satirical "Myra Breckinridge" — and volumes of...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 4:47 AM
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidalmight have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.
But Vidal made his...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:24 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Gore Vidal, the eclectic author who faithfully chronicled the major shifts and upheavals in the United States in books, essays and plays, has died. He was 86.
Vidal died at his Los Angeles home Tuesday evening of complications from...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 12:13 PM
Back in the Jurassic Age before Twitter, celebrities used to settle scores in public by writing letters to newspapers. One of the liveliest dust-ups in memory took place in the pages of the L.A. Times between actor Charlton Heston and Gore Vidal, the...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 6:38 AM
The Gore Vidal obits mainly got it right. He was a fine novelist as well as a talk-show friendly celebrity writer. He was a pompous egghead who could also swear and get scrappy when caught short for the right words. And he did more things, at a higher...
| Aug 5, 2012
In March 2003, as U.S. forces were pouring into Iraq, I interviewed Gore Vidal at his elegant home in the Hollywood Hills. The conflict's opening days hadn't gone quite as smoothly as some Pentagon planners had anticipated, and Vidal, a self-described...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 11:09 AM
The other day I praised Gore Vidal's Lincoln, mentioning in particular the accuracy of its historical details.
Now I learn that the estimable Heidi Landecker, now of The Chronicle of Higher Education, was the fact checker for the book (which she did not...
| Aug 4, 2012
| 8:38 AM
Some of you have been generous enough to inform me, here or on Facebook or at Twitter, that you do not share my esteem for the writings of Gore Vidal. You perhaps do not care for his politics or his prose style or his morality or his person. Perhaps his...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 1:05 AM
The 2012 American Legion Baseball State A Tournament is in the books. Good thing, the five-day, double-elimination, eight-team event at Fossum Field in Aberdeen produced so many numbers that we were running out of space: 467: Games played this season...
| Nov 23, 2012
Connie Wald, an elegant matriarch of old Hollywood known for the low-key dinner parties she held for friends like Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, died of natural causes Nov. 10 at her Beverly Hills home. She was 96.
| Sep 1, 2010
| 9:33 PM
Fans of HBO's "True Blood" know actor Jim Parrack for his supporting role as Hoyt Fortenberry, the lumbering, socially awkward love interest of vampirette Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). The cast is currently in between seasons 3 and 4, which......