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 Posted:   Aug 2, 2012 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Couldn't read someone's "correction" of my observation above, as it seemed to refer to posted images, none of which came up on my computer....

Interestingly, I once had that paperback edition of "The City and the Pillar," and eagerly read it, back in my (very closeted) early 1960's, only to discover that Vidal later "revised" it, so that there are versions floating around with different endings. Spoiler alert: in the original, the protagonist kills his former buddy, while in the revision, he just rapes him, somewhat willingly, or so it appears... Both versions are set up as a flashback, with the protagonist drowning his sorrows in a bar. Fascinatingly, the earlier version tends to reinforce the trend at the time that being gay was little short of being psychopathic....

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2012 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

More on The Vidalian Department:

And he has a most natural affinity, ease and unforced sincerity as an actor, also:

smile wink

 Posted:   Aug 3, 2012 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Sad news. Goodbye to the eminently quotable. Still working my way through the essays when I'm invigilating exams at work. And he inspired a lyric in a song I wrote. smile

 Posted:   Aug 14, 2012 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Wot's most interesting about this audio appreciation is Da Vadilian's prediction re
their inevitable mortality - and he wuz WRITE!!! wink

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

roll eyes 'Pygmy Person' roll eyes -

Felliniesque GIANT of Amurrican Literature Department.


 Posted:   Oct 3, 2014 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

 Posted:   Oct 4, 2014 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

I did a little write-up after he passed away focusing on his work for film if anyone would care to have a look here:

 Posted:   Oct 4, 2014 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

It'd be great to read the reaction of Fratboy Free-Marketeers like Justin Boggin to Mr. Vidal's work.

I think his stuff is probably beyond the pale for the inhabitants of that stunted world of faux-patriotic cartoon conformity and dollar worship.

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