Gore Vidal dies aged 86 + Gore Vidal Interview

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My sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.

English: Portrait of Gore Vidal by Juan F. Bastos

English: Portrait of Gore Vidal by Juan F. Bastos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

guardian.co.uk
Aug. 1, 2012

Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, has died in Los Angeles.

Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6.45pm on Tuesday of complications from pneumonia, his nephew Burr Steers said. Vidal had been living alone in the home and had been sick for “quite a while”, Steers said.

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via Gore Vidal dies aged 86 | World news | guardian.co.uk

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Aug 1, 2012 by

Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator, has died in Los Angeles. Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday evening of complications from pneumonia. Along with such contemporaries as Norman Mailer and Truman Capote, Vidal was among the last generation of US literary writers who were also genuine celebrity fixtures. Al Jazeera’s Dominc Kane looks back at his life.

US author Gore Vidal dies at 86

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on Feb 3, 2012

Gore Vidal America’s foremost living dramatist, author and political commentator talks at length about his early life and experiences with reference to his prolific writing achievements.

Gore Vidal Interview

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Longtime Critic of U.S. Empire, Iconoclastic Writer Gore Vidal Dies at 86

democracynow on Aug 1, 2012

DemocracyNow.org – The author, playwright and activist Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86. A national icon who authored more than 20 novels and five plays, Vidal was one of the best known chroniclers of American history and politics. He dedicated his work to writing and critiquing the injustices of U.S. society. In a 2004 appearance on Democracy Now!, Vidal talked about the role of democracy in the United States, dating back to the Constitution.

GORE VIDAL: The word “democracy” is not only never mentioned in the Constitution of the United States, but democracy was something that the founding fathers hated. This is not generally known because it shouldn’t be known, but it is. I wrote a little book about it called, “Inventing A Nation,” that Yale published last year. Our founders feared two things. One was the rule of the people, which they thought would just be a mess. And they feared tyranny, which we had gone through King George III, and so they wanted a republic, a safe place for men — white men of property to do business in. This is not ideal, but it’s better than what we have. So, here we are bringing democracy to the poor Afghans, but only real democracy, of course, is in the prisons, which we have specialized in everywhere. One interesting thing that came out of all of that mess was now the world knows how we treat Americans in American prisons. All of that behavior, the humiliation and violence and so on, that is typical of not so much — of federal prisons somewhat, but state prisons, municipal prisons, detention centers. This is the nation of torture, and those who disagree with me, you can write an angry letter at this very moment, if you can write at all. Sit down and write an angry letter to the Commander In Chief. Have him examine the prisons.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, on that note, I want to thank you very much for being with us, Gore Vidal.

GORE VIDAL: I just barely started. [laughs]

from the archives:

Gore Vidal on Noam Chomsky + Full Interview: In Depth with Gore Vidal (2000)

Gore Vidal on the Cold War + The Future + Democrats and Religion

Gore Vidal: History of the national security state

Gore Vidal on Dandelion Salad

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2 thoughts on “Gore Vidal dies aged 86 + Gore Vidal Interview

  1. I don’t think I’d heard that he died, thanks for posting about it. I’ve never read his books, but I love what he had to say about Bush in some documentary I watched–I believe it was John Lennon vs. the United States, or whatever it was called. Ever since, I’ve been obliquely interested in his work, just haven’t gotten around to him yet.

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

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