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In his latest memoir, Point to Point Navigation, Gore Vidal refers to himself as “once a famous novelist,” asserting that “[t]o speak today of a famous novelist is like speaking of a famous cabinetmaker or speedboat designer.” Well, he’s certainly still famous, but not necessarily as a novelist. His political essays—and political aspirations—are more renowned than his fiction, perhaps because they make easier companions to the largeness of his life (he shared a stepfather with Jackie O, and he shocked the country with his endorsement of polymorphous eroticism). Still, he makes a decent case for how no one discusses novels anymore—it’s the talkies that are all the rage. In Navigation, the 79-year-old Gore returns again and again to the movie house, his later life—the move to the Hollywood Hills, the death of his partner of 50 years—illuminated by both the big screen and the sticky floors. Vidal discusses his work at 8:15 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-1919. (Anne Marson)