Tributes: Gore Vidal

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

It’s hard to list all the professions Gore Vidal managed to juggle over the course of his long life.  He wrote his first novel while he was still in a US Army uniform at the end of WWII.  The grandson of Senator T.P. Gore of Oklahoma, he ran unsuccessfully for the US Congress as a Democratic-Liberal candidate in New York in 1960. And you can see his play, “The Best Man,” in a revival on Broadway right now. The novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist (to name just some of his accomplishments), did not suffer fools (or conservatives!) lightly, and was gifted with an acerbic wit.  He always enjoyed being interviewed by Leonard over the years, however.  He recently died at the age of 86, and you can hear some of their conversations below.

Gore Vidal on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2003

Gore Vidal on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2006

Gore Vidal on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2009

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