Gore Vidal¿s The Best Man (play)

Revisiting a teenage TV date with Buckley and Vidal

Revisiting a teenage TV date with Buckley and Vidal

I was a high school student in 1968 when William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal were pitted against each other as commentators on the Democratic and Republican political conventions, an innovation that is the subject of the new documentary “Best of Enemies.” I saw the film over the weekend, and was reminded why my teenage self rooted for Buckley even though my politics were closer to Vidal’s and I had delightedly devoured his political novel “Washington,...

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