Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gore Vidal - Gone Too Soon

Today is a sad day in American letters. Gore Vidal has passed away.

My friend David recommended to me 27 years ago that I read Vidal's Lincoln. I did and I've been hooked since then. His series of novels on American history is a series that I believe everyone should read at some point, the sooner the better.

Vidal was also a brilliant political essayist, someone who could promote controversial ideas in absolutely riveting terms. In 2002 he laid out one of the best possible cases for NOT going to war in Iraq, and history proved him to be correct. R.I.P. Gore Vidal.

You will be sorely missed.

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