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Gore Vidal, Celebrated Author, Playwright, Dies
« on: August 01, 2012, 01:34:17 AM »
Gore Vidal, Celebrated Author, Playwright, Dies
Gore Vidal, celebrated author, playwright and commentator, dies in Los Angeles

 By HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press
Updated 3 min ago

In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidal might have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.

But Vidal made his living — a very good living — from challenging power, not holding it. He was wealthy and famous and committed to exposing a system often led by men he knew firsthand. During the days of Franklin Roosevelt, one of the few leaders whom Vidal admired, he might have been called a "traitor to his class." The real traitors, Vidal would respond, were the upholders of his class.

The author, playwright, politician and commentator whose vast and sharpened range of published works and public remarks were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday at age 86 in Los Angeles.

Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6:45 p.m. of complications from pneumonia, his nephew Burr Steers said. Vidal had been living alone in the home and had been sick for "quite a while," Steers said.

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Re: Gore Vidal, Celebrated Author, Playwright, Dies
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 04:00:58 PM »
Yeah . . . this is the guy Buckley bitch slapped in that interview way back in the 1960s . . . I've actually read one of Vidal's books, the one about Aaron Burr, but that's been years and years ago. Great writer, terrible politics. RIP, moonbat.

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Re: Gore Vidal, Celebrated Author, Playwright, Dies
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 06:25:28 PM »
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but rather he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams, April 16, 1781.

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