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(CBS News)   Gore Vidal 86ed   ( divider line
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2012-08-01 01:17:54 AM  
7 votes:

salsashark1: That dude was awesome at doing stuff with hair or whatever he's known for.

Funny, Vidal Sassoon DID die this year. So, heaven forbid, if something happened to Al Gore, you'd have the Al Gore Vidal Sassoon death pool.
2012-08-01 02:30:19 AM  
5 votes:
MeinRS6: Gore sucked. Literally.

Hitchens would be easier to miss.

Aww. Look honey, it's trolling! It wants our attention!
2012-08-01 01:24:42 AM  
4 votes:
Vidal: so soon?
2012-08-01 09:16:12 AM  
3 votes:
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RIP Gorby Doll

Seriously, Vidal's voice will be missed from the American landscape.
2012-08-01 01:18:32 AM  
3 votes:
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"The point of the American democracy is you can express any point of view you want- shut up a minute."

Sad loss.

2012-08-01 01:10:52 AM  
3 votes:
That dude was awesome at doing stuff with hair or whatever he's known for.
2012-08-01 08:42:31 AM  
2 votes:
In 1971, in the green room before The Dick Cavett Show, Mailer butted Gore Vidal in the face, having taken exception to the novelist's review of one of his books. Seven years later, at a party, he threw a glass at him and, by some accounts, including Vidal's ("I saw this tiny fist coming at me"), punched him. Still on the floor, Vidal announced: "Words fail Norman Mailer. Yet again."

RIP Gore Vidal
2012-08-01 02:34:28 AM  
2 votes:

MeinRS6: Gore sucked. Literally.

Hitchens would be easier to miss.

Cause nothing shows what an intellectual you are like playing the "gay card". What's the follow up? Drop some N-bombs and urinate on some poor people?
2012-08-01 01:52:16 AM  
2 votes:
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2012-08-01 01:43:16 AM  
2 votes:
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RIP Vital Organs

2012-08-01 01:35:20 AM  
2 votes:

skinink: salsashark1: That dude was awesome at doing stuff with hair or whatever he's known for.

Funny, Vidal Sassoon DID die this year. So, heaven forbid, if something happened to Al Gore, you'd have the Al Gore Vidal Sassoon death pool.

If Weird Al also dies you'd have the Weird Al Gore Vidal Sassoon death pool

/which would be pretty weird
2012-08-01 01:26:19 AM  
2 votes:
For a second I read that as Abe Vigoda and got this panicky, lost feeling.
2012-08-01 01:25:11 AM  
2 votes:
I will call someone a crypto-fascist today in his memory.
2012-08-01 01:24:12 AM  
2 votes:
" 'Liberal' comes from the Latin liberalis, which means pertaining to a free man. In politics, to be liberal is to want to extend democracy through change and reform. One can see why that word had to be erased from our political lexicon."

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2012-08-01 01:19:03 AM  
2 votes:

skinink: salsashark1: That dude was awesome at doing stuff with hair or whatever he's known for.

Funny, Vidal Sassoon DID die this year. So, heaven forbid, if something happened to Al Gore, you'd have the Al Gore Vidal Sassoon death pool.

I don't want to wish death on him, but that would be a great Jeopardy question.
2012-08-01 01:15:47 AM  
2 votes:
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"You damn dirty writer. I did not play a homosexual in Ben Hur."
2012-08-01 01:13:19 AM  
2 votes:
Goodnight, Mr. Veedle
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2012-08-01 01:12:31 AM  
2 votes:
DrZiffle: He was an asshole.

The world needs more assholes.

What's the over/under on Dan Cathy being found dead this year. I have it either as a drug overdose, or as autoerotic asphyxia to gay pornography gone horribly wrong.
2012-08-01 04:06:36 PM  
1 vote:
Gore Vidal quotes, courtesy of the BBC website:

Gore Vidal... on US politicians

"The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country - and we haven't seen them since."

On the US electorate

"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half."

On his campaign to become a US Senator in 1982

"I'm part of the furniture. I've been on TV for over 30 years. And look what TV did for Ronald Reagan. It's all a biatchilling."

On Ronald Reagan

"He is not clear about the difference between Medici and Gucci. He knows Nancy wears one of them."

On John F Kennedy

"He was one of the most charming men I've ever known. He was also one of the very worst Presidents." (The Progressive)

On David Cameron

"He's everything we thought Bertie Wooster was - and God knows we worship Bertie Wooster, in the form of Hugh Laurie." (New Statesman)

On political speeches

"In America, if you want a successful career in politics, there is one subject you must never mention, and that is politics. If you talk about standing tall, and it's morning in America, and you press the good-news buttons, you're fine. If you talk about budgets, tax reform, bigotry, and so on, you are in trouble. So if we aren't going to talk issues, what can we talk about? Well, the sex lives of the candidates, because that is about the most meaningless thing that you can talk about."

On the press

"A writer must always tell the truth, unless he is a journalist."

On art and politics

"There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem."

On secrets

"When anyone says to me, 'Can you keep a secret?' I say, 'Why should I, if you can't?'"

On punishment

"I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults."

On style

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn."

On looks

"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."

On adolescence

"Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults."

On jealousy

"Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies."

On sexuality

"There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person. There are only homo or heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices."

On procreation

"Never have children, only grandchildren."

On learning to read

"I was taught to read by my grandmother. Central to her method was a tale of unnatural love called 'The Duck and the Kangaroo'. Then, because my grandfather, Senator Gore, was blind, I was required early on to read grown-up books to him, mostly constitutional law and, of course, the Congressional Record. The later continence of my style is a miracle, considering those years of piping the additional remarks of Mr. Borah of Idaho." (Paris Review)

On WH Smith banning his novel Myra Breckinridge in 1970

"There must be some legal action I can take. I am not British and I have nothing to lose. I don't give a damn whether anybody buys it or not - I think far too many people have read it - but I am angry that a bunch of shopkeepers are setting themselves up as a literary tribunal, for which they have neither the competence nor the right." (The Times)

On censoring his own novel, Myron in 1974

"I've removed the dirty words and replaced them with clean words... I thought and thought for a long time: What are the cleanest words I can find? And I discovered that I could not come up with any cleaner words than the names of the five Supreme Court justices who have taken on the task of cleansing this country of pornography. I inserted the words in place of the dirty words. For example, a cock becomes a rehnquist."

On the death of the novel

"You hear all this whining going on, 'Where are our great writers?' The thing I might feel doleful about is: 'Where are the readers?'" (Esquire)

On his arch-rival, writer Norman Mailer

"You know, he used the word 'existential' all the time, to the end of his life, and never even learned what it meant. I heard Iris Murdoch once at dinner explain to Norman what existential meant, philosophically. He was stunned." (The Independent)

On Truman Capote

"A Republican housewife from Kansas with all the prejudices."

On F Scott Fitzgerald

"I like best what he leaves out of The Great Gatsby. A unique book. Incidentally, I think screenwriting taught him a lot. But who cares what he wrote? It is his life that matters. Books will be written about him long after his own work has vanished - again and again we shall be told of the literary harvest god who was devoured at summer's end in the Hollywoods." (Paris Review)

On ageing

"At a certain age, you have to live near good medical care - if, that is, you're going to continue. You always have the option of not continuing, which, I fear, is sometimes nobler." (Esquire)

On the secret to a happy life

"Never pass up a chance to have sex or appear on television."

On the human condition

"There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise."
2012-08-01 12:25:08 PM  
1 vote:

Hickory-smoked: pnome: dickfreckle: while nowhere near as vitriolic and anti-intellectual

Were you around for the George W. Bush administration? The level of pure hate for him on the left was / is way beyond vitriol. And a whole LOT of it was stupid.

I'm curious as to what specific condemnation of GW turned out to be false.

He wasn't actually a chimpanzee, and he never tried to suspend national elections.
2012-08-01 11:13:13 AM  
1 vote:
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RIP Dick Vitale
2012-08-01 10:02:08 AM  
1 vote:

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Oh bollocks! Is that Vidal coming through the gates?
Saint Peter, are there private booths in this place? I want a transfer!

I'd have thought Buckley would've already left for hell after discovering heaven wasn't segregated and had no gated communities.
2012-08-01 08:42:27 AM  
1 vote:
I think what's important is that everyone remembers an accomplished man who has passed by applying their own tarnished partisan ideological biases to his memory.
2012-08-01 08:07:10 AM  
1 vote:
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RIP Vidalia onions
2012-08-01 07:15:13 AM  
1 vote:
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RIP Gore De Vol

2012-08-01 04:56:31 AM  
1 vote:

Alphax: He was a real life 'most interesting man in the world'.

I saw him on Realtime with Bill Maher a few years back, and he recounted having dinner with Amelia Earheart when he was 10, because his father was in charge of Army Aviation at the time.

He invented the internets AND shampoo with VOLUMIZER!!
2012-08-01 02:45:56 AM  
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2012-08-01 02:13:27 AM  
1 vote:
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RIP Vikos Gorge

2012-08-01 01:44:43 AM  
1 vote:
I loved his shampoo
2012-08-01 01:40:30 AM  
1 vote:
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His boobjob surgery had complications.
2012-08-01 01:19:49 AM  
1 vote:
: Vigoda gives a familiar, friendly nod as a farewell
2012-08-01 01:19:31 AM  
1 vote:
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"You damn dirty writer. I did not play a homosexual in Ben Hur."

Oh yeah. That's totally straight NOTHING gay there.. Just like these guys are platonic friends.
2012-08-01 01:17:59 AM  
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