Do it Colorfully

Prolific writer, indefatigable contrarian, caustic wit… Gore Vidal was difficult to define, yet never far from the fray.  The media are heralding his passing as a true intellectual catastrophe.  As seen with the death of any influential figure, contributions are bolstered, transgressions forgotten, and acolytes proclaim their fidelity.  What is lost, perhaps for the better, are the true colors of the man and his work.

1925-2012

The showdown

No doubt the world lost a great mind… yesterday when Gore Vidal passed away.  Let’s not rush to judgement as we look back on his life; Weigh the good and the bad, the one liners with gaffes, the literary flourishes with the outrageous errors.  His life can be celebrated without injudiciously measuring his successes and failures.

 

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  1. Dave

    Well blogged, sir. Vidal’s perceived intellectual “force” was often frustrating because of what seemed to be contrived controversy, but his occasional wit was a balance. I’ve never understood why the left saw him as such an intellectual powerhouse. Buckley carved him.

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