Bookshelves of Doom pointed me in this direction. Must have been in last Sunday’s NYT, because I hadn’t gotten to it yet. Gore Vidal, his fiction never really caught me but I often enjoyed his essays and social commentary. I might not have always agreed with him but I certainly enjoyed his style.
What I love, he flat out knows he doesn’t have much time left on this planet and feels no need to be indirect. In my salad days I dreamt of a world where people spoke what they felt, without rancor or remorse. I think it would sound something like this.
Also, am I the only one sick of reading these short Q&A’s with people obviously written by junior staff or people who feel they are getting “great interview” by prodding or being outlandish? The tete a tete doesn’t always have to be confrontational to be informative or entertaining… or can’t these cub reporters get the lions to roar without poking them with a stick?