Writer Gore Vidal, 86, has died - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-01-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
Blue Crack Addict
 
deep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: A far distance down.
Posts: 28,501
Local Time: 05:11 AM
Writer Gore Vidal, 86, has died

Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic writer, savvy analyst and imperious gadfly on the national conscience, has died. He was 86.

Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia, said nephew Burr Steers.

Vidal was a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels, including historical works such as “Lincoln” and “Burr” and satires such as “Myra Breckinridge” and “Duluth.” He was also a prolific essayist whose pieces on politics, sexuality, religion and literature -- once described as “elegantly sustained demolition derbies” -- both delighted and inflamed and in 1993 earned him a National Book Award for his massive “United States Essays, 1952-1992.”



RIP
__________________

__________________
deep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
ONE
love, blood, life
 
financeguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ireland
Posts: 10,122
Local Time: 02:11 PM
William Buckley Vs Gore Vidal - YouTube
__________________

__________________
financeguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: The American Resistance
Posts: 4,754
Local Time: 07:11 AM
WFB
__________________
INDY500 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
Forum Moderator
 
yolland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 7,471
Local Time: 02:11 PM
__________________
yolland [at] interference.com


μελετώ αποτυγχάνειν. -- Διογένης της Σινώπης
yolland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 03:56 PM   #5
ONE
love, blood, life
 
financeguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ireland
Posts: 10,122
Local Time: 02:11 PM
^ Indeed and the comparative lack of interest in this thread seems to vindicate one of Vidal's big themes, funnily enough.
__________________
financeguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #6
Blue Crack Addict
 
Moonlit_Angel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: In a dimension known as the Twilight Zone...do de doo doo, do de doo doo...
Posts: 19,266
Local Time: 07:11 AM
I know of him, certainly-I've seen him on TV in debates a couple times.

Haven't read any of his works, though.
__________________
Moonlit_Angel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2012, 08:10 PM   #7
ONE
love, blood, life
 
financeguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ireland
Posts: 10,122
Local Time: 02:11 PM
Quote:
Strange how powerful a sense memory can be. News of Gore Vidal’s death at the age of 86 gave me a tingling sensation under the nose, then I remembered why.

I once had an unorthodox journalistic encounter with him at his beautiful palazzo, built into the rocks above the Amalfi coast in Italy. The interview started off conventionally enough, with him being imperious, and not a little pompous, as he sounded off about world affairs, or rather told me where the world was going wrong, and why it would be much better off if only it paid more attention to him.

But then he opened a bottle of Vat 69 whisky and, as we polished it off between us, he became more gossipy and entertaining. By this stage, five hours had passed and I had used up my tape (it was before the days of unlimited time on digital recorders) but I do recall him being splendidly catty about Evelyn Waugh and Truman Capote.

He then insisted that, before we left, the photographer and I should cool off in his swimming pool, adding: “We have no need of trunks here.” Well, it seemed rude not to. But when I surfaced, a wasp stung me under the nose, which turns out to be a very tender place. My face swelled up and I could barely see through my watering eyes as we left. On reflection, I should have ended my article by describing this sting, an appropriate way to part company with the waspish Gore, and so on. But the truth is, I forgot about it until now.

I have two other reflections upon that encounter, for what they are worth. The first concerns the fact that, almost uniquely among public intellectuals, Vidal was an autodidact who didn’t go to university. One consequence of this seems to have been that his hunger for knowledge never diminished. If anything, it grew, along with his library there at Ravello. So many people give up on education once they have graduated, feeling they have been there, done that. Not so Vidal.

The other thought concerns the palazzo itself, the walls of which were filled with caricatures, photographs and magazine covers featuring his saturnine face. It amounted to a shrine to its owner.

He told me, with a heavy sigh: “Every morning at 10, a tourist boat sails past and I have to listen to a woman telling my life story over a Tannoy.” Pause. “It is followed by another boat which tells the same story in Italian.” But of course his palazzo contradicted him, showing how much he secretly loved being a tourist attraction.

He shared it with Howard Austen, his partner of more than half a century, and when Austen died in 2003, Vidal sold the place and moved back to LA. But it’s curious, this business of an atheist building a monument to himself. A stab at immortality? Perhaps.

Given his reputation as a wit, I asked him if he had thought about what his last words might be. “We all have last words,” he said. “But we don’t know what they are. How about: 'To be continued…’ ”

When I said that this didn’t quite square with his atheism, he smiled and mouthed the word “no”. But he had thought about his own exit. “All of you will go with me because I’m a solipsist. I’ve just imagined you. When I go, all will be blank.”

Well, he was wrong about that. Things didn’t go blank on Wednesday. But there was the feel of that sting under my nose, and that seems more appropriate. For the briefest of moments, he continued.

My waspish encounter with Gore Vidal - Telegraph
__________________

__________________
financeguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com