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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:11 AM

Writer Gore Vidal, 86, has died

Source: Los Angeles Times



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.”

Threaded throughout his pieces are anecdotes about his famous friends and foes, who included Anais Nin, Tennessee Williams, Christopher Isherwood, Orson Welles, Truman Capote, Frank Sinatra, Jack Kerouac, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Eleanor Roosevelt and a variety of Kennedys. He counted Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Al Gore among his relatives.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/features/books/jacketcopy/la-jc-writer-gore-vidal-86-has-died-20120731,0,3728239.story






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Reply Writer Gore Vidal, 86, has died (Original post)
Adenoid_Hynkel Aug 2012 OP
sasha031 Aug 2012 #1
nolabear Aug 2012 #2
Poll_Blind Aug 2012 #5
Adenoid_Hynkel Aug 2012 #6
Blue_Tires Aug 2012 #33
McCamy Taylor Aug 2012 #3
Poll_Blind Aug 2012 #4
ailsagirl Aug 2012 #7
proud patriot Aug 2012 #8
Faygo Kid Aug 2012 #9
Rowdyboy Aug 2012 #10
William769 Aug 2012 #11
Lydia Leftcoast Aug 2012 #12
non sociopath skin Aug 2012 #22
Cleita Aug 2012 #13
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2012 #14
Ron Obvious Aug 2012 #15
99th_Monkey Aug 2012 #19
Zyzafyx Aug 2012 #16
crimson77 Aug 2012 #17
CrawlingChaos Aug 2012 #40
crimson77 Aug 2012 #42
pam4water Aug 2012 #18
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #20
smirkymonkey Aug 2012 #21
Diclotican Aug 2012 #23
lunatica Aug 2012 #24
redqueen Aug 2012 #25
hlthe2b Aug 2012 #26
nuxvomica Aug 2012 #27
Codeine Aug 2012 #28
Bluenorthwest Aug 2012 #29
Warren Stupidity Aug 2012 #30
Live and Learn Aug 2012 #31
Blue_Tires Aug 2012 #32
dhill926 Aug 2012 #34
sarcasmo Aug 2012 #35
valerief Aug 2012 #36
amandabeech Aug 2012 #37
closeupready Aug 2012 #38
burrowowl Aug 2012 #39
Great Caesars Ghost Aug 2012 #41
Wolf Frankula Aug 2012 #43
realFedUp Aug 2012 #44

Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:13 AM

1. I was just going to post this, he will be missed dearly

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RIP Mr Vidal
Thank you so much for posting these videos

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:17 AM

2. RIP Mr. Vidal. You could duke it out with the best of them.



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Response to nolabear (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:27 AM

5. Or his famous feuds with that rat nazi, Bill Buckley.

One of the greatest things about Gore Vidal was he rarely held his tongue and never suffered fools without comment.

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:29 AM

6. Here's the clip



He summed Buckley up well shortly after their debate:
"He will take on any subject with insolent pluck, confident that his readers are bound to be even more ignorant than he. He is probably right.”

And he didn't hold back when Buckley passed, either:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2008/03/gore_vidal_on_w.php

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:49 AM

33. direct link

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080320_gore_vidal_speaks_seriously_ill_of_the_dead/

Wow...And I thought Hunter Thompson's essay on Nixon's death was a kick in the balls...

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:18 AM

3. Oh no!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:20 AM

4. One of the best, IMO. I thought of him regularly. A true American classic. nt

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:32 AM

7. No one else like him

I always admired his work-- and his razor sharp wit.

He will be missed.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:37 AM

8. He was living abroad when I wrote to him

It must have been 2002 ... I begged him to come home and help us fight bushco ...

one of the first political books I read was one of his ... very very sad

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:46 AM

9. I gasped audibly with Andy and Ernie. I did so again just now.

Wow. Nothing to add just yet.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:49 AM

10. A Vidal quote from his "Julian"..."How wonderful books are, crossing worlds and centuries,

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defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself".

Rest in peace to a light in the darkness.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:58 AM

11. A icon that will be missed.



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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:00 AM

12. If you haven't read his American history novels, the time to start is yesterday:

"Burr"
"Lincoln"
"1876"--which deals with a stolen election
"Empire"
"Hollywood"
"Washington DC" (which was actually written first)

The first five books follow a fictional family through American history, and there are a lot of gossipy (but apparently accurate) details about famous figures.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:01 AM

22. Among the finest historical novels ever written, IMHO ...

... written by a brilliant man who knew and loved his country, warts and all.

We shall not look upon his like again.

Sleep well, Old Warrior.

The Skin

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:03 AM

13. Sad. He was one of my favorite writers, both

for his political writings and his fiction.

RIP Gore Vidal.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:16 AM

14. Oh, dear...the great voices are leaving, one by one.

And too soon.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:19 AM

15. Damn...

I just recommended one of his books to someone. RIP

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:48 AM

19. You stole that word right out of my mouth

"Damn!"

Gore was one of our brighter lights.

Will be sorely missed here.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:32 AM

16. I really liked him

 

Especially his writings on Reagan during Iran-Contra.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:59 AM

17. With Gore Vidal dying, it reminds me how much I miss Chris Hitchens take on things.

 

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Response to crimson77 (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:37 PM

40. Vidal was a treasure, Hitchens was disgusting

I can't stand to see Gore Vidal compared to warmongering Bush apologist Hitchens.

Hitchens, btw, wrote a scathing attack piece for Vanity Fair titled "Vidal Loco". Here's a bit more about it: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/christopher-hitchens-attacks-gore-vidal-for-being-a-crackpot-1891753.html

Let's not pretend Hitchens was anything other than he was - a warmongering piece of shit.

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Response to CrawlingChaos (Reply #40)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:41 PM

42. Hitchens had a point of view, Vidal had a point of view.

 

Intellectuals sometime have unpopular opinions. What are your views on Bernard Henri Levy? He defended a now notorious piece of shit, DSK. Hitchens overall work made me disagree, laugh and think.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:19 AM

18. R.I.P.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:59 AM

20. I heard Vidal speak at the big anti-war rally Feb 15, 2003 in Los Angeles. His

 

comments were, as usual, insightful and he despised Bush and Cheney almost as much as I, if not more.

R.I.P.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:47 AM

21. RIP Gore -Your voice will be missed.

It's funny, I was just thinking yesterday about reading Palimpsest over again. I think I will in his honor. How strange that I was thinking about him and today he is gone. Very tragic.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:59 AM

23. Adenoid_Hynkel

Adenoid_Hynkel

He will be missed - but at the age of 86 you can not live forever..

But what he wrote in his books, and other vice will live forever, if we is to give it the possibility.. So I guess in a way he do live long after his death...

Diclotican

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:02 AM

24. Go in peace Mr. Vidal

Your job is well done here.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:11 AM

26. Ahh, that's a loss. Irreplaceable.

RIP, sir.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:40 AM

27. one of my favorite books is "Myron"

Written after the Supreme Court's famous "community standards" decision on obscenity, Vidal replaced all the profanity with the names of the sitting justices. The effect was hilarious and an unsparing rebuke of Puritanical tyranny. His criticism of this country was as deep and passionate as his love for it. We've lost a great American today.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:42 AM

28. A very sad moment for American letters. nt

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:17 AM

29. Sad news, one of the greatest minds and sharpest wits of this or any other era.

Farewell, glorious bird!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:36 AM

30. Good bye sir.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:43 AM

31. He will definitely be missed. nt

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:45 AM

32. r.i.p.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 09:39 AM

34. America has lost one of it's fiercest and

truest critics. Those that have read him (unlike many of those commenting in the LA Times), know that his criticism arose out of a great love of what this country could have been. His voice will be sorely missed. I imagine he would be quite amused by the reactions of the chattering class today.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:53 AM

35. Kick!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:13 PM

36. K&R

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:47 PM

37. Rest in peace, Mr. Vidal.

I loved his series of American historical novels, particularly including the aforementioned Lincoln and Burr.

He will be missed.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:13 PM

38. Frankly, I had several problems with things he said and how he lived.

For example, referring to Roman Polanski's victim as a "whore", if I recall that correctly.

And then the fact that for most (all?) of his life, he was a closeted gay man who merely posed as bisexual.

Smart guy, though, and many liked him. Shrug.

On edit, we discussed his remarks on DU2.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:37 PM

39. RIP!

A Great American!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:20 PM

41. He was a political idol of mine

 

and a firm believer in bringing the war home.

RIP.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:57 PM

43. An American Treasure is Gone.

Goodbye Gore. A great wit, a great writer and a great American. And a man who served his country when called.

I met him on a couple occasions. He was always unfailingly a gentleman with something intelligent to say. And Mr. Vidal, thank you for the kind review of the novel I wrote, that seven years ago, everybody but he and I had forgotten.

Wolf

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:09 PM

44. Addio Mr. Vidal

We've lost a great liberal and common sense voice. I hope others will speak and write as clearly from this moment on.

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