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Posts Tagged ‘Orson Welles’

Gore Vidal Has Died

The novelist and essayist Gore Vidal has passed away. He was 86 years old.

He wrote many novels, screenplays and a bookshelf full of inspiring essays. His novels included: Myra Breckinridge, Burr , Lincoln, 1876, Empire, Hollywood, and Washington, D.C.

Here is an excerpt from an essay about Orson Welles that ends with a magical phone call between Vidal, Welles, and singer Rudy Vallee. It is a haunting way to remember the great author.

I have a recurring fantasy that if one were to dial the telephone number of someone in the past, one would hear again a familiar voice, and time would instantly rewind from now to then. I still have Orson’s telephone number in my book (213-851-8458) … From out of the past, I hear, “My time is your time,” in that reedy highly imitable voice. The afterlife’s only a dial tone away. “What makes you think that this is the afterlife?” Orson chuckles. “This is a recording.” Stop story here.

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Drinking and Cooking with Jim Harrison

The New York Times’ Charles McGrath chats with Jim Harrison, author of “rugged, outdoorsy books” like TRUE NORTH, LEGENDS OF THE FALL and THE SUMMER HE DIDN’T DIE. And for many years as a part-time screenwriter, Harrison’s life reflected this rugged, wild ethos as he would pal around with Orson Welles, John Huston (both of whom used to stick each other with meal bills, going so far as to fake simultaneous heart attacks) and Jack Nicholson. “Writers go out to Hollywood for the same reason stockbrokers go into business, and that’s greed,” he said, adding “even when they’re cheating you, they’re cheating you at a level that’s unheard of in academe, say. But I finally quit because I didn’t want to die in that suckhole.”

And so, more novels, and a more moderate life thanks to the onset of Type 2 diabetes. But Harrison, now making the interview rounds for his new book RETURNING TO EARTH, still enjoys the pleasures of eating – including one meal that featured mesquite doves and Egg & Gruyere Polenta. “Food is a great literary theme. Food in eternity, food and sex, food and lust. Food is a part of the whole of life. Food is not separate.”