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 Posted:   Mar 14, 2011 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



In the late 40s when The Vidalian published his ground-breaking



the furor it raised was of such a reactionary magnitude even The New York Times instituted a (book)
black-list against him via their reviewer, one Orville Prescott, who refused to review Mr. Vidal’s
next five efforts in our supposed Paper of Record (except when it offended their sexual sensibilities).

Never one to roll over and meekly acquiesce, Our Man Gore - with admired apologies to Agatha Christie



- rechristened (ah, mayhap not the phrase this self-described “Born Again Atheist” would’ve personally
applied smile) himself and, in the mid-50s, composed a trilogy of mystery novels –







that’ve been reissued. If you wanna expose yourself to an entirely different side of our favorite
gadfly (who has practically no peer verbally flying the written gad big grin), by all means give yourself
a treat and pick up a copy.



And didja know his father made 10-year old Gore make aviation history
of a sort (even slyly coaching him of what to say after he landed)?



“Yes, that was me – wanna make somethin’ of it?” smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2011 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I remember reading somewhere that the character, Brinker Hadley, in John Knowles' "A Separate Peace," was based on Gore Vidal, who also went to Exeter, as I recall.

As someone who attended a similar school, which played against Exeter in any number of athletic events, I can understand the homoerotic undercurrents flowing under the surface. Interestingly, to my knowledge, I'm the only alumnus of Brooks School who's ever come out as a gay man publicly in its almuni news. (On the other hand, though I offered to write an article describing what it was like to be a gay student there, that was refused. I was only allowed to make a statement in the column for the year I graduated, and even that was edited by others. Oh well.)

I have heard from any number of sources that I am not alone, but I may be the only one to have acknowledged it. At least, Gore Vidal was courageous enough to talk about it long before it was fashionable.

As for the New York Times, well, despite its affinity to gather news, it's always been rather prissy on matters of sexual identity. For years, they actually refused to use the word, "gay," insisting only on using "homosexual" for all identification. Now, they act like that never happened.

Hypocrites...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2011 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Courteous Correction, JohnBee Department:



"All the News that's NOT Fit to Print" Hypocrites. smile



Let's keep the factual truth straight, shall wee? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



[ smile Interesting and moving final Johnny Carson conversation 2:00 herein frown ]





From One Incendiary Revolutionary Spirit to Anudder Department:

We’re



almost



ten



days late,



but, even so,



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



”All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.”

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

People who regret nothing probably will go to a place like hell.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 7:30 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

People who regret nothing probably will go to a place like hell.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

People who regret nothing probably will go to a place like hell.

That's a dumb thing to say, even once.

I don't know much about Gore Vidal except some great quotes.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



[ People who regret nothing probably will go to a place like hell. ]



roll eyes Again ...



roll eyes Und once more - in case you don't get it - in Vulcan:

roll eyes

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

smile

Well, he’s “the SECOND Love of My Life” where the Jewel that’s Joanne is concerned.

wink So if that’s the kinda ‘hell’ his character attracts, we should all be consigned to such classy Heaven.

razz
razz razz

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



As he’s a proudly self-proclaimed “Born Again Atheist”, Jeh, you two may have more in uncommon philosophy than you first imagined. big grin Tap into your audodidact tendencies and ferret out more info on him - thankfully, Da global Web is hardly scarce where The Vidalian is substantially concerned.

]

Especially invaluable is Pittsburgh professor Harry Kloman’s The Gore Vidal Index
via www.pitt.edu/~kloman/vidalframe6.html.

As for that 'hell' bit,
he DID play The Devil opposite Norman Mailer in the mid-80s for a PEN
benefit reading in Noo Yawk of Shaw''s "Don Juan in Hell".

As he joyfully quipped, "it's the best part!" smilewinkbig grin

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

He spoke at my job a couple of years ago but it was long sold out by the time I had heard. Wish I had the chance to hear him speak; he's an okay author but I really like his interviews.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Geez, you must have a HELLuva job, Le - we just turned
colors with unanchored envy.

wink

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

As he’s a proudly self-proclaimed “Born Again Atheist”, Jeh, you two may have more in uncommon philosophy than you first imagined. big grin Tap into your audodidact tendencies and ferret out more info on him - thankfully, Da global Web is hardly scarce where The Vidalian is substantially concerned.

Okay, I'll get the essays. Maybe it's not too late to get me an ejucashun after all.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Notwithstanding the fact you've been a right worthy (and, most importantly, nevah
boring) opponent 'pon more than one mutually-peevish occasion, Jeh,



we'd not venture the invalid proposition you're lacking where informed views are concerned.



'Sides, if there's ANYBODY a walking advertisement gloriously against so-called 'higher education'



where those (his wunnerful phrase) 'scholar squirrels' abound in their general edjimicated idiocy,



he's It. And done damn distinguished work NOT having that modern unholy mytical grail called a Degree (let alone odiously untitled 'tenure'). roll eyesroll eyesroll eyes

smile wink

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Geez, you must have a HELLuva job, Le

It pays the bills. And one time I literally walked straight into Bertie Ahern. (I wasn't watching where I was going and walked straight into his back while reading something in my hands. Didn't know who he was till the next day.)

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Notwithstanding the fact you've been a right worthy (and, most importantly, nevah
boring) opponent 'pon more than one mutually-peevish occasion, Jeh,


Not recently though, I note.

I've ordered the United States essays. I want to see how strong my postman is.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



smile Your postman's gonna need biceps along THESE lines, pally!

Dunno if you still observe Tea Tyme, but he's gonna need a powerful pint!!!wink

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2011 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)





Jeh, this one’s fer yu. smile



wink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2012 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)







smile
wink big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)























[ "My second greatest love." - Joanne Woodward [].

 
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