Remembering Gore Vidal

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, remembers the life and work of the celebrated author and cultural icon Gore Vidal, who died yesterday at the age of 86. Call in (212-433-WNYC/9692) with how you remember the writer and thinker, or start posting in the comments below. What's your favorite Gore Vidal memory or work? 

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Comments [3]

Dan from Bridgewater NJ

It is grossly unfair to equate Buckley and Vidal on theatricalism. For Buckley-- though indeed issues activist and thinker-- showmanship outranked issue (unlike his brother the senator). For Vidal it was the opposite as he listened more patiently, dialogued and really wanted (though sometimes too pompous to make that clear) to be convincing. Proof is that the latter listened to young conservatives like me arguing anti-Communism while Buckley drew into discussion young leftists often only to publicly deride them. Hence, I can only say that with Vidal you never felt it pointless to try to convince him while with Buckley you always felt like you were being set up-- EVEN IF YOU AGREED WITH HIM-- for personal derision, British debating style. I grieved when both died but I always felt that Vidal was unfairly characterized as worse than Buckley on showmanship over substance because of an anti-Gay bias. We all, alas, had made an issue of that overshadowing his views in discussing him. I feel I owe him at least that as an epitaph. May God bless them both with peace and rest. Both had publicly spoken of how tired they were of living. Anger is not hate so I hope they really didn't hate eachother.

Aug. 01 2012 12:23 PM
Ivana Edwards from Yorkville

One of my favorite Gore Vidal quotes: "What we have in this country is socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor."

Aug. 01 2012 12:20 PM

Ah yes Vidal. I remember well his comments on WBAI that America was going to experience a military coup during the Clinton years, anti-semitic comments which seemed so natural for him, and his Roman palazzo.

Aug. 01 2012 11:58 AM

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