"High standards generally -- about workmanship and creation of objects, about what is owed in friendship, about the quality of art and much else -- far from being snobbish, are required to maintain decency in life.” - Joseph Epstein
As for Vidal and Mailer, not many people can tolerate the arrogant personalities of intellectuals. Thankfully, the FSM board isn't populated by people with the know-it-all attitudes of those guys.
Do I detect a note of irony here?
I had a little easier time with Vidal than with Mailer as a talk show guest. Vidal was a clever conversationalist who had a sly sense of humor, whereas Mailer had sarcasm rather than humor, and typically used it to bully or try to damage others. I always felt that Mailer thought much too much of his own intellectual gifts. I will give him credit where due, though. He wrote one of my favorite non-fiction books ever, "The Executioner's Song" (a bio of the infamous Gary Gilmore that was impossible to put down).