"That's not writing... that's typing."
I don't completely agree about Gore's talents... I think a lot of his writing is fluid and compelling... I just don't think he ever had much to say. "Myra Breckinridge"???
Gore, photo, right, the aging queen of American letters, has been a silly man for a number of decades now. Recently he has passed into embarrassing and undignified, dottering old age.
His recent comments about John McCain to The New York Times ("Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?") are poof that the old poof doesn't have anyone in his life who cares enough to keep him from self-embarrassment.
The NYT reporter, no doubt incredulous, responded: "Everyone knows he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam." To which Vidal responded: "That’s what he tells us."
The reporter persisted... but why would you doubt him?
"He’s a graduate of Annapolis," Vidal explained. "I know a lot of the Annapolis breed. Remember, I’m West Point, where I was born. My father went there."
Let us pause here for a moment....
Gore is "West Point", as I am "Altus Oklahoma"... we had absolutely no choice in our birthplace; for Gore to claim the military bully pulpit--even slightly-- based on his father's history as a West Point graduate, is craven, offensive and only adds to his embarrassment.
The NYT reporter ended by asking how he felt about Buckley's passing: "I thought hell is bound to be a livelier place, as he joins forever those whom he served in life, applauding their prejudices and fanning their hatred."
The difference is that millions miss Bill Buckley, his wit, charm and astute thinking.
No one will miss Vidal when his time comes... save the boy toys he pays to hang out in his mansion and frolic in his pool and hot tub.
On second, thought... they'll just miss the cash.