Hello Andrew:Indeed, it is another loss to the world and very sad too.
He had the same sardonic wit as our Gough, and indeed they did actually cross wits a number of times.
I am sure it was nothing personal. How would he have known you blogged about him?
I liked most of Vidal's political views, but sometimes his conspiratorial ideas bordered on the lunatic. Perhaps he was just being provocative and cranky.
My guess is that he loved being an irascible gadfly provocateur. Not enough of them left these days.
... and I'd forgive anyone (even bordering on the lunatic) who (these day) could put more than two polysyllabic words together without the need for a twenty something P.A. or media advisor/consultant.
he was a brilliant essayist. pink triangle, yellow star for starters.rip
He died? There's been nothing on the newsGore Vidal was a clever man, above descriptons of being a gay, communist or whatever.
JayLa, he understood America, and called it to account. There are not many like him.Did they LS? He was mates with Bobby Carr too. It might have good for Gore to examine why Carr left NSW in a parlous state.Michael, haha. I am sure he never had the time nor inclination to google himself.Hels, I think he took glory in his crankiness. He lived in a lovely place in Italy for a while.LS, exactly. We need more people who challenge the preposterous that most of us readily accept. Yeah, he does not strike me as someone who needed a PA.Yep Info. He was both. He understood the system, yet called it for the rubbish that it is.
RH, if you watched the communist party news service, aka the ABC, you would know he was dead.
Thanks, I prefer the anarchists on 3CR, marvellous comedy.
Vidal was one of the screen writers for 'Ben Hur' and I loved his account of a scene written between Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd. The fact that the scene was intended to be a recollection between the two of their previous homosexual relationship was withheld from Heston who played the scene 'straight' whilst the knowing Boyd played it for what it was. With that knowledge, viewing the scene turned its apparent meaning on its head.
Victor, I find it very hard to believe that Heston wasn't aware of what he was doing. Do straight guys normally stare into each other's eyes?
@ Victor. That's Vidal to a 'T'.Don't shoot until you the whites of their Y-fronts.
You're asking me to explain straight men's behaviour?
Good point Victor. I shouldn't know either.
Whenever I wish I was young again, I am sobered by memories of algebra.