Seems like a good week to post this. Perhaps I’m too young to understand, but it’s worth noting that, for all the attention given this week to William F. Buckley, Jr. as an aesthetic phenomenon, he kind of sounded like Hannibal Lecter. Watching these videos, I expected him to tell Vidal “you know what you look like, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube.” Also interesting: apparently the city of Chicago produced a documentary about the ’68 riots that aired on WGN. The Chicago Seven page at Famous Trials is a great resource, with audio clips, transcript excerpts, a map, and more (NB: the Haymarket Trial page, the Lincoln Assassination Trial page).

Below, Buckley and Vidal hold forth on the ideal president (“First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: What is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?”)