Gore Vidal's death
Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:59 PM
Ballet Alert is probably NOT the best place to enage in a debate over Vidal's politics. But here's a short, brilliant (I think) appreciation of the man and writer published this week by The Economist.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 06:25 PM
One noticed during Vidal's regular television appearances that he could speak in beautifully parsed sentences and paragraphs. Not easy to do for even the most glib of writers and he made it look quite natural.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:18 AM
I have put my favorite insight in bold.
Vidal rarely got angry. His characteristic outburst was a languorous sigh. “Rebirth of the novel? That seems unlikely.” Young people nowadays – this is 1976 again – “find the act of reading anything at all difficult and unrewarding”. As a preamble to his monumental effort to crush John Updike (10,000 words of TLS ordnance in 1996), he wrote: “What is the point to attacking writers in a period where they are of so little consequence? In observance of this law of a dying species, I have hardly mentioned, much less reviewed, Updike in the past . . .”. The burden of the sentence may be found in its finale: “. . . and he has observed the same continence with regard to me”.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:56 AM
Vidal rarely got angry. His characteristic outburst was a languorous sigh. “Rebirth of the novel? That seems unlikely.”
I think this response puts him right in the middle of the current preference for ironic commentary.
Thanks so much for the link -- I don't see the Times Literary Supplement very often, and so miss a lot. Vidal was what I think of as a public author, a writer known as much for their participation in literary discussion as they are for their own creative work.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:04 AM
Accoding to Gerald Howard of Doubleday's,
A Biography of Gore Vidal Coming in for 2015
Parini has commented extensively since Vidal's death, including writing the obituary for the Guardian.
I like the way he balances two sides of Vidal's literary personality:
On the other hand:
And, swinging back again:
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