RIP: Gore Vidal


All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.–Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal, author, intellect, anti-war activist, openly gay literary icon of leonine presence, has died in Los Angeles. He was 86. I remember reading about him as celebrity–at Studio 54, seeing him on TV, long before I read Myra Breckenridge– and read about Caligula in Penthouse. I kinda thought making a movie for Bob Guccione, Penthouse’s publisher was slumming for him, but I still admired and respected him for his wit, insight, use of language and utter charm.  I was also fascinated by his pedigree, his ancestry which contained so much of America’s history.

Plus he believed in:

the ancient American sense that whatever is wrong with human society can be put right by human action.

USA Today’s obit is beautiful. And not just because we like the same quote.

As election time draws near, ponder Gore Vidal’s words:

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.

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