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Aug 1, 2012

Vale Vidal: Gore will rest in the capital he provoked

The great author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and activist Gore Vidal is dead. He comes home to the capital of the republic he admired and the empire he grew to despise.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Gore Vidal — who died in his home in Hollywood Hills, California yesterday — chose his grave in the 1990s.

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  1. CHRISTOPHER DUNNE

    Bernard, this line sums up Gore Vidal, he comes back to ” the capital of the republic he admired and the empire he grew to despise.”

    Not only did he have an interesting take on the mafia killing JFK, but his story about how the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbour was anticipated, indeed almost coerced, to get the USA into the war despite overwhelming indifference to the plight of Europe, will forever colour my hearing of the words “day of infamy”.

    A great writer, a great curmudgeon, and a great loss.

    Vale Vidal.

  2. izatso?

    Vale Eugene Vidal …. you would have to wonder the essay he took with him.

  3. Ronson Dalby

    I thought I might re-acquaint myself with Vidal’s writings but, sadly, none of his books appear to have been published in e-book editions.

  4. Ronson Dalby

    Following on my comment above I actually found it cheaper to buy the volumes I wanted new from The Book Depository than from the various online second-hand book dealers.

    Now to await their delivery …

  5. Mike Shaw

    Awesome. Thankyou Bernard, for feeding a bit more information about Vidal than most of us were previously unaware of.

    The fascinating aspect is that he mixed and associated with the blue-bloods and others, who were probably the very architects of everything he would go on to oppose.

    [After the Oklahoma Bombing in 1995 and then 9/11, Vidal took his basic thesis further, arguing the empire had now become a “national security state” that relied on the constant manufacturing of threats — communism, Islamic fundamentalism, domestic terrorism — to fund defence companies and curtail liberties, with presidents elected primarily to ensure funds kept flowing to America’s biggest corporations.]

    A man who never sells his soul is always loved.

  6. Merve

    His historical novels — the best are Burr, Lincoln and 1876, the first three of the American Chronicles novels, and Julian 

    All excellent books. He had a gift for writing an intelligent book that was easy to read.

  7. Gederts Skerstens

    “go after his many and varied targets… above all, the transformation of the republic of the founders into an empire of nightmares.”

    There’s no other governance on earth that would have accommodated this prissy clown for as long and comfortably as America did. No other society that allows itself to be so actively opposed and still guarantees the freedom to do that.

    ‘Empire of nightmares’ ? Vidal could have gone to a life among his pals in Cuba, Vietnam or the USSR.

    So, why not?

  8. Down and Out of Sài Gòn

    There’s no other governance on earth that would have accommodated this prissy clown for as long and comfortably as America did.

    None… except the UK, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, etc…

  9. Mike Shaw

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    No gripe here, but now I understand the frustration that so many talk about.

  10. John Newton

    A little simplistic to call him a homos-xual Bernard. When asked whether he had first slept with a boy or a girl he replied “I was too polite to ask.” His preferred term was pans-xual

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