Live from Golgothaby Gore Vidal
Timothy (later St. Timothy) is in his study in Thessalonika, where he is bishop of Macedonia. It is A.D. 96, and Timothy is under terrific pressure to record his version of the Sacred Story, since, far in the future, a cyberpunk (the Hacker) has been systematically destroying the tapes that describe the Good News, and Timothy's Gospel is the only one immune to the
Timothy (later St. Timothy) is in his study in Thessalonika, where he is bishop of Macedonia. It is A.D. 96, and Timothy is under terrific pressure to record his version of the Sacred Story, since, far in the future, a cyberpunk (the Hacker) has been systematically destroying the tapes that describe the Good News, and Timothy's Gospel is the only one immune to the Hacker's deadly virus. Meanwhile, thanks to a breakthrough in computer software, an NBC crew is racing into the past to capture—live from the suburb of Golgotha—the Crucifixion, for a TV special guaranteed to boost the network's ratings in the fall sweeps.
As a stream of visitors from twentieth-century America channel in to the first-century Holy Land—Mary Baker Eddy, Shirley MacLaine, Oral Roberts and family—Timothy struggles to complete his story. But is Timothy's text really Hacker-proof? And how will he deal with the truth about Jesus' eating disorder? Above all, will he get the anchor slot for the Big Show at Golgotha without representation by a major agency, like CAA 1,896 years in the future? Tune in.
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Meet the Author
Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was born Eugene Luther Vidal, later adopting the surname of his grandfather, Senator Thomas Gore, as his first name. Well known as a novelist, an essayist, a playwright, and a social and political commentator, he was the author of numerous novels—the first, Williwaw, written when he was twenty-one—as well as scripts for film, television and the stage, including the extremely successful The Best Man and Visit to a Small Planet. His other novels include Myra Breckenridge (1968), as well as thehistorical novels in the series Narratives of Empire, which includes Burr (1973), 1876 (1976), Lincoln (1984), Empire (1987), Hollywood (1990), and The Golden Age (2000). He won the National Book Award in 1993 for his book of essays, United States: Essays (1952–1992).
- La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California
- Date of Birth:
- October 3, 1925
- Place of Birth:
- West Point, New York
- Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.
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Gore Vidal does it again. This time with a sardonic tale involving St.Paul, and the soon to be St.Timothy. This book delves into familiar territory for fans already accustomed to Vidal's subject matter. Vidal's story is about a futuristic hacker who has intentionally erased all records of the good book, (except for Timothy's). With the help of NBC, Timothy is to be the last saving grace for Christianity. NBC has also developed technology that will enable them to broadcast the crucifiction live as it happens in the little suburb of Golgotha, an idea that will hopefully boost their dying ratings. All through this tasteless,(though just), blasphemous tale, Vidal showers us with his usual witty satiric genius. A must for anyone looking for a social commentary on monotheistic religions.