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Gore Vidal

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, patrician manner, polished style of writing. Vidal was born into a political family. Vidal himself twice sought office—unsuccessfully—as a Democratic Party candidate, first in 1960 to the United States House of Representatives, in 1982 to the U. S. Senate; as a political commentator and essayist, Vidal's primary focus was the history and society of the United States how a militaristic foreign policy reduced the country to a decadent empire. His political and cultural essays were published in The Nation, the New Statesman, the New York Review of Books, Esquire magazines; as a public intellectual, Gore Vidal's topical debates on sex and religion with other intellectuals and writers turned into quarrels with the likes of William F. Buckley Jr. and Norman Mailer. Vidal thought all men and women are bisexual; as a novelist, Vidal explored the nature of corruption in private life. His polished and erudite style of narration evoked the time and place of his stories, perceptively delineated the psychology of his characters.

His third novel, The City and the Pillar, offended the literary and moral sensibilities of conservative book reviewers, the plot being about a dispassionately presented male homosexual relationship. In the historical novel genre, Vidal recreated the imperial world of Julian the Apostate in Julian. Julian was the Roman emperor who used religious tolerance to re-establish pagan polytheism to counter the political subversion of Christian monotheism. In social satire, Myra Breckinridge explores the mutability of gender roles and sexual orientation as being social constructs established by social mores. In Burr and Lincoln, each protagonist is presented as "A Man of the People" and as "A Man" in a narrative exploration of how the public and private facets of personality affect the national politics of the United States. Eugene Louis Vidal was born in the cadet hospital of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the only child of Eugene Luther Vidal and Nina S. Gore. Vidal was born there because his first lieutenant father was the first aeronautics instructor of the military academy.

The middle name, was a mistake on the part of his father, "who could not remember, for certain, whether his own name was Eugene Louis or Eugene Luther". In the memoir Palimpsest, Vidal said, "My birth certificate says'Eugene Louis Vidal': this was changed to Eugene Luther Vidal Jr.. The baptismal ceremony was effected so he "could be confirmed " at the Washington Cathedral, in February 1939, as "Eugene Luther Gore Vidal", he said that, although the surname "Gore" was added to his names at the time of the baptism, "I wasn't named for him, although he had a great influence on my life." In 1941, Vidal dropped his two first names, because he "wanted a sharp, distinctive name, appropriate for an aspiring author, or a national political leader... I wasn't going to write as'Gene' since there was one. I didn't want to use the'Jr.'" Eugene Luther Vidal Sr. was director of the Commerce Department's Bureau of Air Commerce during the Roosevelt Administration, was the great love of the aviator Amelia Earhart.

At the U. S. Military Academy, the exceptionally athletic Vidal Sr. had been a quarterback and captain of the football team. Subsequently, he competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics. In the 1920s and the 1930s, Vidal Sr. co-founded a railroad line. Gore's great-grandfather Eugen Fidel Vidal was born in Feldkirch, Austria, of Romansh background, had come to the U. S. with Gore's Swiss great-grandmother, Emma Hartmann. Vidal's mother, Nina Gore, was a socialite who made her Broadway theatre debut as an extra actress in Sign of the Leopard, in 1928. In 1922, Nina married Eugene Luther Vidal, Sr. and thirteen years in 1935, divorced him. Nina Gore Vidal was married two more times, she had "a long off-and-on affair" with the actor Clark Gable. As Nina Gore Auchincloss, Vidal's mother was an alternate delegate to the 1940 Democratic National Convention; the subsequent marriages of his mother and father yielded four half-siblings for Gore Vidal – Vance Vidal, Valerie Vidal, Thomas Gore Auchincloss, Nina Gore Auchincloss – and four step-brothers from his mother's third marriage to Robert Olds, a major general in the United States Army Air Forces, who died in 1943, 10 months after marrying Nina.

The nephews of Gore Vidal include Burr Steers, a writer and film director, Hugh Auchincloss Steers, a figurative painter. Raised in Washington, D. C. Vidal attended the St. Albans School. Given the blindness of his maternal grandfather, Senator Thomas Pryor Gore, of Oklahoma, Vidal read aloud to him, was his

Camille Claudel (musical)

Camille Claudel is a musical with a book and lyrics by Nan Knighton and music by Frank Wildhorn, their second musical. It is based on the life of the real-life French sculptor and graphic artist of the same name; the musical premiered at Goodspeed Musicals in 2003. The show's opening scene is in 1913, when Camille was removed from society flashes back to 1881 and onward; the plot focuses on Claudel's career and her tempestuous relationship with Auguste Rodin, for whom she was a source of inspiration, a model, a confidante, a lover. The show opens with Camille's love for her true passion - sculpting; the musical features Camille's sometimes troubling relationship with both her father and brother, Paul Claudel. Despite not being a male, she insists she be allowed to be enrolled at Le Salon, yet she still manages to work and learn under Rodin. Act 1 concludes with Camille deciding she no longer needs Rodin, attempts to live and create on her own, only to have Rodin tell her that she would be nothing without him.

Act II opens with Rodin reflecting on what he has done, ailing with amiss for Camille. Camille now spends a lot of time with her father, the two discuss older times and are at harmony; when Paul realizes Camille's downward spiral into the unknown and her relations with Rodin, he attempts to save her and turn her to God, such as he had had his own conversion. Instead, Camille can not seem to understand. Rodin rekindles his love with Camille, but the love is never returned. After several more years, Camille's family decides. Although she fights with Paul that she is not meant to be there and her mother send her to an insane asylum, where she comes to peace with the news of her father. At the end of Act II, which switches to modern times, where Camille, now alone, reflects on the life she has lived. Goodspeed Musicals in August through September 2003, staged a "developmental run". Directed by Gabriel Barre and choreographed by Mark Dendy, the cast featured Linda Eder in the title role, Michael Nouri as Auguste Rodin, Matt Bogart as Paul Claudel and Milo O'Shea as Camille's father.

The musical was presented in a "chamber-style" form. Orchestrations were on a smaller scale. Instead of bringing in statues, they used dancers to perform, many of the scenes were dancing for the statues; the Waltz was one of these. There were many book-scenes/moments, more than a common Wildhorn musical; the creators have denounced calling this a "tragedy," but rather a celebration of the life of Camille. In 2004 it was presented in the form of a 45-minute reading at The National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 16th Annual Festival of New Musicals. A studio demo recording was made with no plans for a release; that demo included songs recorded in 2001 with Linda Eder as Camille and Guy LeMonnier as Rodin. The musical has been worked upon, with productions that were hoped for Europe and regional theatres across the United States. However, in 2007, author Nan Knighton has said that while there are certain opportunities still available, there were no immediate plans to bring Camille anywhere; the musical opened in Tokyo in December 2011, titled GOLD - Rodin and Camille.

The world premiere of the newly rewritten Camille Claudel will be presented by the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia from March 24 to April 19, 2020. Directed by Eric D. Schaeffer and choreographed by Mathew Gardiner, the show will feature Teal Wicks as Camille Claudel, Hugh Panaro as Augustine Rodin, Bobby Smith as M. Claudel, Donna Migliaccio as Mme. Claudel; the world premiere song list follows. Although several changes have been made, many of the songs remain intact. No cast recording have been released. In 2004, a studio demo recording was made, starring Linda Eder and the majority of the world premiere cast. While it was thought that the recording would be released, this did not happen; the musical features the Linda Eder single "Gold,", included on two of her solo albums: Gold and Broadway, My Way. The song was performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT, was covered by Brandi Burkhardt at several European concerts with Frank Wildhorn. Camille Claudel at Article about the musical

A Celebration (Prince Tour)

Prince: A Celebration was a short American concert tour by American recording artist Prince. The tour used the same band from the 4-girl singing group Milenia; this tour coincided with a week-long fan's tour of Prince's Paisley Park studios. Meant to continue, the tour was cancelled after only six shows. Prince: Guitar and Lead Vocals Rhonda Smith: Bass and Vocals Mr. Hayes: Keyboards Kip Blackshire: Keyboards and Vocals John Blackwell: Drums Najee: Saxophone, Flute Geneva: Backup Singer and Dancer 1st Setlist "Uptown" "Controversy" "Mutiny" "The Work, pt 1" "Cream" "Little Red Corvette" "I Wanna Be Your Lover" "Sexy Dancer" "Housequake" "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" "U Make My Sun Shine" "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" "Do Me, Baby" "Scandalous!" "Diamonds and Pearls" "The Beautiful Ones" "Nothing Compares 2 U" "Let's Go Crazy" "Take Me with U" "Raspberry Beret" "Joy In Repetition" "When Doves Cry" "The One" intro "God" "Purple Rain" "Kiss" "Come On" 2nd Setlist "Let's Go Crazy" "Take Me With U" "Raspberry Beret" "Joy in Repetition" "When Doves Cry" "The One" intro "God" "When You Were Mine" "Bambi" "3 Chains o' Gold" "Still Would Stand All Time" "Adore" "Little Red Corvette" "I Wanna Be Your Lover" "Sexy Dancer" "Housequake" "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" / "Four" "Free" "Starfish and Coffee" "Sometimes It Snows in April" "Eye Love U, But Eye Don't Trust U Anymore" "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" "Delirious" "If I Was Your Girlfriend" "Purple Rain" "U Got the Look" "Kiss" "Gett Off"

Space telescope

A space telescope or space observatory is an instrument located in outer space to observe distant planets and other astronomical objects. Space telescopes avoid the filtering of ultraviolet X-rays and gamma rays. Suggested by Lyman Spitzer in 1946, the first operational space telescopes were the American Orbiting Astronomical Observatory, OAO-2 launched in 1968, the Soviet Orion 1 ultraviolet telescope aboard space station Salyut 1 in 1971. Space telescopes are distinct from satellites that point toward Earth for satellite imagery for espionage, weather analysis and other types of information gathering. Space observatories are divided into two types: Astronomical survey satellites to map the entire sky, satellites which focus on selected astronomical objects or parts of the sky and beyond. Wilhelm Beer and Johann Heinrich Mädler in 1837 discussed the advantages of an observatory on the Moon. In 1946, American theoretical astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer proposed a telescope in space, 11 years before the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, Sputnik 1.

Spitzer's proposal called for a large telescope. After lobbying in the 1960s and 70s for such a system to be built, Spitzer's vision materialized into the Hubble Space Telescope, launched on April 24, 1990 by the Space Shuttle Discovery. Performing astronomy from ground-based observatories on Earth is limited by the filtering and distortion of electromagnetic radiation due to the atmosphere. A telescope orbiting Earth outside the atmosphere is subject neither to twinkling nor to light pollution from artificial light sources on Earth; as a result, the angular resolution of space telescopes is much higher than a ground-based telescope with a similar aperture. Many larger terrestrial telescopes, reduce atmospheric effects with adaptive optics. Space-based astronomy is more important for frequency ranges which are outside the optical window and the radio window, the only two wavelength ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum that are not attenuated by the atmosphere. For example, X-ray astronomy is nearly impossible when done from Earth, has reached its current importance in astronomy only due to orbiting X-ray telescopes such as the Chandra observatory and the XMM-Newton observatory.

Infrared and ultraviolet are largely blocked. Space telescopes are much more expensive to build than ground-based telescopes. Due to their location, space telescopes are extremely difficult to maintain; the Hubble Space Telescope was serviced by the Space Shuttle, but most space telescopes cannot be serviced at all. Satellites have been launched and operated by NASA, ISRO, ESA, Japanese Space Agency and the Soviet space program succeeded by Roscosmos of Russia; as of 2018, many space observatories have completed their missions, while others continue operating on extended time. However, the future availability of space telescopes and observatories depends on timely and sufficient funding. While future space observatories are planned by NASA, JAXA and the China National Space Administration, scientists fear that there would be gaps in coverage that would not be covered by future projects and this would affect research in fundamental science. Airborne observatory Earth observation satellite List of telescope types Observatory Timeline of artificial satellites and space probes Timeline of telescopes and observing technology Ultraviolet astronomy X-ray astronomy satellite Neil English: Space Telescopes - Capturing the Rays of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Springer, Cham 2017, ISBN 978-3-319-27812-4

John Andrew Jackson

John Andrew Jackson was born on a Country plantation in Sumter County, South Carolina. His grandfather was born in Africa. John Andrew's mother was named Betty and his father was known as Dr. Clavern, because of his ability to cure snake bites. John Andrew had five sisters. Before he left the plantation, two brothers and two sisters were dead. Jackson had a bad relationship with his owner and mistress, as many slaves did, but mentioned that his mistress hated him more than any other slave on the plantation; the reason for the mistress's hatred toward John was that when John was about ten, he was playing with one of the mistresses children in the dirt. The two boys started to play with it; the mistress's son noticed that John was picking roots faster him and kicked John in the nose. He smeared blood on the boy's shirt; the little boy showed her the blood on his shirt. In return, the mistress whipped John and held her hatred for him and his family for the rest of the time she knew him. John Andrew grew up surrounded by brutality.

If he was not getting whipped, a friend or family member of his would be getting whipped. The plantation where John lived was overseen by a unforgiving master; the slaves would work in the fields all day in the hot sun. The sun would burn lumps on their backs, their bare feet would be torn and cracked by the end of the day; when the slaves did not obey their masters, they would be punished with 25-100 lashes. The brutal lumps obtained by the heat of the sun, combined with the lashes from the whip, were awful and painful. What little sleep the slaves did get was cherished; however rats would chew on the slaves' feet. Since the slaves' feet were so torn up from working barefoot all day, they could not feel the rats eat through their feet. In the morning, their feet were in so much pain. John Andrew's first job was being a scarecrow in the corn fields, he would stand out from dusk until dawn everyday posing as a scarecrow in the hot Carolina air. When he got older he was ordered to manage the plow, but due to his lack of strength, he was unable to manage the plow correctly.

If John Andrew dropped the plow his master would beat him until his back was covered in blood. Though he was experiencing so much hardship, around this time, John fell in love with a girl named Louisa. John Andrew's master lived his young life as a Quaker; when the master was older, he married a woman who had a few slaves. The master set up a liquor store and had slaves steal cotton and bring it to him. In return, the slaves were rewarded with a quart of liquor, worth much less than the cotton the slaves stole for him; the method of stealing cotton in exchange for objects of less worth made many southern men rich. The master and his wife were able to own more slaves and become more rich; the mistress was raised in South Carolina. She was a mean lady to everyone except her family; the mistress would not allow slaves to eat bran, meat, or any other foods that were considered luxurious. And she would watch the slaves being beaten, as it was among one of her favorite pastimes. Louisa lived in the plantation about a mile away.

John and Louisa had two children. John was prohibited from visiting his wife and children, but John would sneak out and be with his wife and kids; when the master would find out, John would be whipped, but John persisted and continued to see his wife and children until his wife's master moved to Georgia. In 1846, after John Andrew was separated from his wife, he fled slavery. After he escaped to Canada, he remarried. Many years his second wife died in an asylum and he married for a third time. With his third wife he had two more children; as time progressed, the idea of freedom became more real. One day, John Andrew bought a pony from one of the slaves on a neighboring plantation; when the mistress found out, she threatened to have the pony killed, asked two of her sons-in-law to get rid of it. Hearing of the jeopardy of his pony, John hid the pony until Christmas. On Christmas Day, John took his pony and rode off from his plantation never to see his mother or father again; as he rode off to Boston, he ran into many white people who asked where he was off, to where John would respond that he was on his way to his plantation.

John made it to the Santé Fe River where he boarded a small ship, being run by a black man. John and his pony had to struggle upstream in order to reach it. After drowning and his pony made it to shore. John heard about a special badge that all African Americans had to produce in order to prove they were allowed to be free. John, not having a badge, sold his pony to buy a cloak to hide from patrolmen; the cloak worked to his advantage. When John found a ship heading to Boston, he tried to board but the crewmen refused to let John on board; the crewmen were afraid that he was trying to set them up. After being refused passage, John hid in a five by three-foot box, loaded onto the ship and put in the lower levels; the crewmen found him and threatened to unload him on the next ship. There never was another ship, John made it to Boston safely. From Boston, John Andrew went on to settle in Massachusetts. Once settled, he sought to purchase his family members still enslaved, he sent a letter to inquire about his family, shortly after it was received, a slave agent was sent to search for him.

Jackson avoided capture and was assisted by Harriet Beecher Stowe, who gave him food, cl

Brahmāstra (film)

Brahmastra stylised as Brahmāstra is an upcoming 2020 Indian Hindi-language superhero film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji, produced by Karan Johar. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy and Akkineni Nagarjuna in pivotal roles and will serve as the first film in a planned trilogy. Principal photography began in Bulgaria in February 2018 and the film is scheduled for release on 4 December 2020 in standard formats, 3D, IMAX with dubbed versions in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam languages. Amitabh Bachchan as Brahma Ranbir Kapoor as Shiva Alia Bhatt as Isha Mouni Roy as Poulomi Akkineni Nagarjuna as Archaeologist Vishnu Dimple Kapadia Prateik Babbar Divyenndu Vishal Karwal Saurav Gurjar Rashi Mal as Raveena Shah Rukh Khan in an important special appearance Producer Karan Johar announced the film via Twitter on 11 October 2017 revealing that it would be made into a film trilogy; the preparation for the film started in January 2018. In an interview, Kapoor revealed that Mukerji "has spent six years of his life working hard to make an original story" and that the trilogy would be made over a period of 10 years and refuted rumours suggesting that it is a romantic superhero film.

Instead Kapoor confirmed that the film is a "romantic-fairytale in a supernatural format." And that the film is not something which "doesn't have truth to it, or, unbelievable". The film's title was rumoured to be Dragon but was confirmed as Brahmastra. Director Ayan Mukerji explained that the title'Brahmastra' "resonates with the “ancient wisdom and power,”. Mukerji revealed that it is a "contemporary film with ancient elements."Nagarjuna confirmed that he would be playing a "pivotal" role. Mouni Roy said that she is the'only villain' of the Karan Johar movie. Director Ayan Mukherjee revealed that the inspiration behind Actor Ranbir Kapoor's character came from Rumi who inspired the first look of his character. Mukherji drew inspiration from Rumi's work: "love is the bridge between you and everything" to build the foundation of the movie. Mukherji revealed that the Rumi-inspired look was scrapped and Kapoor had gotten a haircut instead. Bachchan revealed his experience with look tests for the film expressing that it is a "tedious job, sticking removing applying de applying and applying again, until some decision is reached" The principal photography began in February 2018 with the commencement of the first schedule of the film on 24 February 2018.

The first schedule of the movie was wrapped up in Bulgaria on 24 March 2018. The second schedule of filming continued in Bulgaria and London on 8 July 2018. in London, New York and in Bulgaria. Extensive shooting started in 1 February 2019 at Scotland; the final 20 day schedule started in the Ramnagar Fort and Chet Singh Fort in Varanasi on 30 July 2019. The music of the film will be composed by Pritam while the lyrics will be penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. British Producer, Steez Banglez has been approached to collaborate with Pritam as the soundrack requires "futuristic music is still in the works"; the title logo of the film was revealed on 4 March 2019. In the evening of the same day logo of the film Brahmāstra was launched on Maha Shivratri at Kumbh Mela. In first of its kind 150 drones were used to lit the sky up to form the logo. A video of launch of logo at Kumbh Mela 2019 was released by Fox Star Hindi on 5 March 2019, a new promotional initiative in Bollywood; the official logo of Brahmāstra was released on 6 March 2019.

Baahubali director SS Rajamouli and Tamil actor Dhanush launch the logos of the movie in Telugu and Tamil. The trilogy film was announced in April 2018 with a planned release date of Christmas 2019 for part 1 but pushed to Summer 2020 before being pushed to 4 December 2020, it will be release in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam. Brahmāstra on IMDb Brahmastra on Bollywood Hungama