RIP Gore Vidal

althea_gwAugust 1, 2012

Day of mourning.

Here is a link that might be useful: nytimes

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tobr24u(z6 RI)

An interesting guy who will be mourned by many...

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 6:29AM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Day of mourning.

For me as well.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 7:31AM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

A public figure with great talent leaving behind some very well written biographies of the founders and their times.

RIP Gore Vidal

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 8:58AM
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labrea_gw

Well Michelle Bachmann credits Burr with making her a Republican.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 10:49AM
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labrea_gw

"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail."

"The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country and we haven't seen them since."

"Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent."

"The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so."

"There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise."

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."

Some things to remember!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 10:52AM
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lily316(z5PA)

Quite a controversial and interesting figure thru out his life. I've always enjoyed reading his works.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 11:53AM
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labrea_gw

Hearing him work William F Buckley alone was worth it!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 4:55PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

>The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country and we haven't seen them sinceHa ha-ha ha ha!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 12:12AM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

I was familiar with Gore Vidal's confrontations with William Buckley and Norman Mailer, but I didn't know about his put down of Charleston Heston's revisionist history of the shooting script for Ben Hur.

Enjoy!

Counterpunch: Gore Vidal responds to Charlton Heston

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 2:35AM
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maggie2094

This is so touching:

Vidal chose his grave (and his partners grave) to be near his childhood sweetheart, who died when they were young and he never got over.

Vidal had his reasons for choosing this spot, and for buying a plot in 1994 for Auster (who Vidal persuaded to change his surname to Austen, though his original surname is on the grave) and himself ahead of time.

Rock Creek Cemetery dates back to the early 1700s. Also interred there are Meet the Press's Tim Russert, the writer Upton Sinclair, historian Henry Adams, numerous politicians and both Revolutionary and Civil War veterans. It is also situated close to his grandparents' house, the scene of perhaps his fondest childhood memories.

However, perhaps most pertinently, near to Auster and Vidal's plot lies Jimmie Trimble, a schoolfriend and lover of Vidal's who died at the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was described by the New York Times as "the only person with whom [Vidal] ever felt wholeness."

Auster died in 2003; Vidal told CNN that he wanted to be cremated, and his ashes to be interred in the plot alongside Auster. "I'll be looking forward to seeing him," he said.

via huffington post

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 11:32AM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Gore Vidal�s new book is called "Imperial America: The United States of Amnesia."

RIP

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 11:59AM
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