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(Message started by: Kevin Cryan on Today at 08:23)

Title: Clive James & Gore Vidal (1978)
Post by Kevin Cryan on Today at 08:23
A debate of thirty year odd years ago between Clive and and the always interesting man-of-letters, Gore Vidal, was the subject of discussion on yesterday's edition (http://kcryan.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/clive-james-gore-vidal-on-religion-1978/) of BBC Radio 4's Head to Head.


Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Clive James & Gore Vidal (1978)
Post by Pete Atkin on Today at 18:54
This whole series so far has been a big disappointment to me.  It billed itself as being about the nature of debate, but in practice it has taken just a few clips from a past discussion and revisited the arguments with the benefit of hindsight in the company of two new studio guests. Each of the episodes so far has struck me as being a bit, well, pointless, a bit ho-hum.  That in spite of the fact that ity's always entertaining to hear Gore Vidal, of course, even briefly (likewise Clive, of course, natch).   Can't think of anyone else who puts a glottal stop between the second and third syllables of 'Christianity'.)

Title: Re: Clive James & Gore Vidal (1978)
Post by Ian Chippett on 07.05.09 at 13:47
Pete wrote:

<<Can't think of anyone else who puts a glottal stop between the second and third syllables of 'Christianity'.) >>

Christ-i-  here? an-ity. It would be quite an achievement to put a glottal stop here...  ;)

Ian C



Title: Re: Clive James & Gore Vidal (1978)
Post by naomi on 07.05.09 at 14:34
I can hear in my "mind's ear" Mr Vidal doing just that.
He also deserves our admiration for having no idea who David Dimbleby was, when said titan of broadcasting interviewed him on US election night last November.  ;)

Title: Re: Clive James & Gore Vidal (1978)
Post by Pete Atkin on 07.05.09 at 15:11
Quite definitely, Ian.  Listen to the programme!  (On iPLayer for a few more days.)



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