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US author Gore Vidal dies aged 86
BBC ^ | August 1, 2012

Posted on 07/31/2012 10:10:24 PM PDT by Zakeet

Celebrated writer and political commentator Gore Vidal has died aged 86, according to US media.

He died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening of complications from pneumonia, his nephew, Burr Steers, told AP.

A prolific writer, Gore Vidal produced 25 novels, including the best-selling Burr and Myra Breckenridge, more than 200 essays, and several plays.

He also ran for political office twice and was a well-known commentator.

Mr Steers told the Associated Press that his uncle had been ill "for quite a while".

Along with such contemporaries as Norman Mailer and Truman Capote, Gore Vidal was among a generation of literary writers who were also genuine celebrities - fixtures on talk shows and in gossip columns

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obituary; rih; vidal

1 posted on 07/31/2012 10:10:31 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

May God have mercy on his America-hating, moonbat-leftist soul


2 posted on 07/31/2012 10:19:13 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: Zakeet

I was going to say that I hoped Buckley would punch him in his G.D. mouth, but I don’t think he’s going where Buckley is (although hopefully he will).


3 posted on 07/31/2012 10:21:13 PM PDT by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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William F. Buckley Jr is busy penning an articulate request to the Almighty for a shot at that SOB.
4 posted on 07/31/2012 10:22:06 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Zakeet

William Buckley ate his lunch in 1968
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYymnxoQnf8


5 posted on 07/31/2012 10:23:24 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Zakeet

yawn

God should return him to sender down below, way below


6 posted on 07/31/2012 10:24:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Zakeet

Mr Steers told the Associated Press that his uncle had been ill “for quite a while”.

Approximately 86 years


7 posted on 07/31/2012 10:25:18 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Zakeet
Is this the party to whom I am speaking?

Mr. Veedal, there seems to be a problem with your bill.....


8 posted on 07/31/2012 10:25:54 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ("The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers." GK Chesterton)
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To: Zakeet

Obama can’t afford to lose votes!


9 posted on 07/31/2012 10:31:40 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Zakeet

His historical novels are worth reading -I liked Julian and Creation.


10 posted on 07/31/2012 10:32:27 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Figment
Mr Steers told the Associated Press that his uncle had been ill “for quite a while”.

I wonder what the fatal malady was. Despite the decedent's advanced age, in his case, the answer could still be interesting.

11 posted on 07/31/2012 10:32:46 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Argus

Agreed. Creation was very, very good.

Regardless of his politics or morals, he is acknowledged as being an extraordinary writer.


12 posted on 07/31/2012 10:40:08 PM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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To: djf; Argus; wideawake

I think most of his fiction will probably be forgotten but his essays will live on. He may have been the best essayist in English since Orwell. Many of them are apolitical too.


13 posted on 07/31/2012 10:42:34 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Zakeet

“Gore Vidal has died aged 86...”

I won’t be attending the funeral —but I will send a nice letter stating that I approve of it.


14 posted on 07/31/2012 10:45:07 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (Saint Trayvon of Skittles --Patron Saint of Feral Hoodie Flash Mobs)
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To: Zakeet

15 posted on 07/31/2012 10:46:09 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
I for one won't lose sleep over this passing. Having heard that before and knowing first hand how the VC in the south and the Lao Dong party in the north managed their terrortories (not a misspelling), he earned callous send off.
16 posted on 07/31/2012 10:58:17 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Hold.....hold......hold.......)
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To: Zakeet
I rarely do a happy dance at the passing of anyone. But there have been a few. This is under consideration.

Friggin communist.

/johnny

17 posted on 07/31/2012 10:58:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Zakeet

See ya bozo.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 11:03:19 PM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: Zakeet

See ya bozo.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 11:03:35 PM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: Zakeet

As the great Shakespeare might say:

Get thee to thy reward, thou rancorous rump-fed foot-licker!
Begone from this mortal coil, thou rank hasty-witted pigeon-egg!
Enjoy thy banishment to thine eternal cell, thou babbling pottle-deep hypocrite!

Oh, for breath to utter what is like thee!


20 posted on 07/31/2012 11:23:00 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: Zakeet

He was looking for an actress he wanted to interview and called my company once during the ‘70s. He was rude and arrogant. That was the only phone call we accepted from him.


21 posted on 07/31/2012 11:29:35 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Zakeet

Good riddance you filthy communist.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 12:24:42 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: SoDak
May God have mercy on his America-hating, homosexual, moonbat-leftist soul
23 posted on 08/01/2012 12:45:14 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Zakeet
From the movie In the Loop:

Karen: So you read Liza's paper I guess.
General Miller: I am a voracious reader. I'm the Gore Vidal of the Pentagon.
Karen: Gore's gay.
General Miller: No he's not.
Karen: I beg to differ but...
General Miller: He's gay? Cos I've been saying that Gore Vidal line a lot.
Karen: He is gay.
General Miller: Guess I'd better stop saying that then.

24 posted on 08/01/2012 3:00:38 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Zakeet

Equally important is that it’s time to rearrange my sock drawer.


25 posted on 08/01/2012 3:29:32 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: Borges

Completely agree. I never found his fiction engaging, but he was a trenchant essayist - superior in my mind to Wilson and Mencken.


26 posted on 08/01/2012 3:58:06 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: GreatOne

Not politically correct: won’t miss him a bit.


27 posted on 08/01/2012 4:29:53 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: SoDak

Watching interviews of him always left me with a sense of sadness. Here, no doubt, was a profoundly unhappy man. A nasty embittered old queen, who spent his last years living in hotels.


28 posted on 08/01/2012 4:31:29 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Zakeet
feh...
29 posted on 08/01/2012 4:56:45 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Beowulf9

“Obama can’t afford to lose votes!”
Obama isn’t worried,the vast majority of dead voters go Democrat.


30 posted on 08/01/2012 5:58:32 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Zakeet

***Myra Breckenridge,***

Myra bombed big at the box office. Vidal also wrote the screenplay for the hardcore porno flick CALIGULA.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066115/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080491/

So we see his mind was in the gutter.


31 posted on 08/01/2012 7:32:23 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (EAT MORE CHICKEN! Beef is too high!)
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To: Zakeet

Prayers for a misguided soul.


32 posted on 08/01/2012 8:58:59 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: wideawake

Onion headline regarding Vidal:  “Last Person To Voluntarily Write Essay Dies”


33 posted on 08/01/2012 10:58:44 AM PDT by Borges
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