Toe to toe

“Now listen, you queer — stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered!” At last, I got round to watching “Best of Enemies”. Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley swap barbs on TV, network executives have a nervous breakdown and Paul Newman and Christopher Hitchens turn up too. Definitely a treat for anyone interested in US politics, punditry or plain bitchiness, and a reminder that, politically speaking,  1968 was an even more unhinged  year than 2016 is shaping up to be. James Rosen sketches in the background, and argues that the film makers give Buckley a tougher time than he deserves. I’m not entirely convinced of that — Vidal’s ad hominem tactics are hard to overlook  — but it’s a highly readable piece anyway.

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