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How to Be an Intellectual in the Age of TV: The Lessons of Gore Vidal

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Novelist, television personality, political candidate, and maverick social commentator, Gore Vidal is one of the most innovative, influential, and enduring American intellectuals of the past fifty years. In How to Be an Intellectual in the Age of TV, Marcie Frank provides a concise introduction to Vidal’s life and work as she argues that the twentieth-century shift from pr ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Duke University Press Books (first published September 2005)
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Gail
Nov 05, 2010 Gail rated it did not like it
Oh dear. I've been reading Gore Vidal since my early youth, and while I've come to question many of his conclusions in his essays and pampleteering, I still love his wit, his ability to bring together widely disparate facts and ideas into a coherent whole, and his almost unbelievable inventiveness.

Too bad that even one of these qualities isn't present in this book. Ms. Frank gives us what seems to be a doctoral thesis gone badly wrong. Although I paid close attention and re-read many passages fo
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