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Gore Vidal vs. Norman Mailer on the Dick Cavett Show

In New York Individualists, Writers on June 6, 2011 at 1:45 am


Dick Cavett Show, 1971

I am not a believer in the “good the old days” but there are things I miss. One is TV talk shows with interesting guests who are given the time to speak. Charlie Rose is the only one now but his show is more classroom than saloon.  This clip will show you what I mean. The third participant, the very stately New Yorker columnist (“A Letter From Paris”) Janet Flanner, is the perfect foil for the egos around her (including her own). Read Dick Cavett’s take on this memorable night.

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  1. That was great!~~ I also miss those kinds of exchanges, not ‘screaming points’ but this kind of unpremeditated transgression. There’s a good one of Mailer with Marshall McCluhan out there as well.

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