Thursday, 2 August 2012
On Gore Vidal
RIP, Gore Vidal, gone to a glory he didn't believe in. I shall miss his supreme arrogance, his wordplay, his broad learning and deep wisdom, his deep-soaked liberalism, his sexual ambivalence, his hatred of war, his eviscerating contempt for those who were more successful in politics than he ever was, whilst they were a quarter of the person, morally, and intellectually, that he seemed born to be. I suspect, if no one was looking, he was occasionally kind. "Peace" seems like the wrong word. Rest in truculence, perhaps.