He was rushed into sophistication and into experience with the surface of himself, but the deeper self was secret and lonely.
He tells me he will one day be president of the United States.
You can never be both a writer and a politician – at least not a good writer. A writer must always tell the truth as he sees it, and a politician must never give the game away. Now, these are two opposing forces.
NPR Fresh Air
remembers Gore Vidal
with excerpts from two Terry Gross interviews
That famous writer’s block is a myth as far as I’m concerned. I think bad writers must have a great difficulty writing. They don’t want to do it. They have become writers out of reasons of ambition. It must be a great strain to them to make marks on a page when they really have nothing much to say, and don’t enjoy doing it. I’m not so sure what I have to say but I certainly enjoy making sentences.
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
RIP, Gore Vidal
– his best quotes
. (Though reducing a man to a set of aphorisms
is, of course, something to be wary of.)
How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.