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1929 days ago

Meet Eugene Luther Gore Vidal,America's Greatest:

Writer,
Playwrite ( Well,he and ONLY Tennessee Williams,his longtime friend,fellow smug pompous ass ,that believed that they were THE hippest,smartest,greatest playwrites ever,because of their homosexuality,and that everyone else was Square - "someone to laugh at the Squares with" he called him. How Hubristic is that? ),
Movie Screenplay Writer,
Actor,
Author,
Thinker,
Essayist,
Historian,
Chronicler of America's History
Intellectual,
Philosopher,
Hipster,
Wit,
Critic,
Opinion Columnist,
Political Writer
Politician,

And....

Would have been America's Greatest President.

What? You've never known that?

The Smartest Man In The Room - Just Ask Him.

In other words:A sufferer of "Legend In His Own Mind" Syndrome.

And he supported NAMBLA,and spoke at at least one of their meetings.

Gore Vidal is a typical Washington/New England/Hollywood/Homosexual Leftist,from a filthy-rich upbringing, WITH ALL THE PREJUDICES.( See:feud with Truman Capote )Of course, HIS prejudices are "good", i.e. the definition of Politically Correct.

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2309 days ago

Libro stupendo, raro trovarne commenti. non è uno dei soliti libri ma un testo di etologia, mirato sul cane.

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2511 days ago

I just read The Life of Pi. I didn't know when I picked it up the novel was especially praised by critics for its understanding of religions. That would have made me not want to read it. What interested me instead was the practical stuff about surviving on a raft in the Pacific for almost a year when you have to share the raft with a huge tiger. That was cool.

In the end the book gets all postmodern, as we are led to question whether the events happened at all, and whether the truth actually matters. I found that just as interesting as the religious crap.

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2511 days ago

Like George Eliot, Milton was one of the most brilliant and well-read people who ever picked up a pen. Some people have said that Milton read everything that had ever been published in English in that time (not as hard in the 17th century). Nonetheless, Milton never managed to write anything very lifelike. Granted, he was a unparalleled propagandist and ideologue, and expressed practical insights into political and religious life with great eloquence. It would be hard to imagine the US Founding Fathers writing what they did without having Milton in the back of their minds. But that's not going to make me rush out to read him.

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2511 days ago

I never read or saw any of the plays, but I really enjoyed the short stories. He's kind of an anti-O'Henry. There are never any tidy resolutions, and life's big events almost seem to be secondary to the passing of time. When you read him, you feel like he's captured the reality of everyday life perfectly -- that half-pleasurable, half-frustrating feeling of "downtime" that makes you go review random things on this site or work on your drywall when you should be out changing the world or finding Mrs. Right. I'd especially recommend the narrative about an extra-marital affair called "The Lady with the Dog." It's not comic or tragic but something more lifelike than either.

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2511 days ago

It's like it was written by a combination of Northern Ireland Protestant animals, the kind of people who do all of those paranormal investigations, and Nostradamus "experts."

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2511 days ago

Eliot turned me on to literature when I was a teenager, especially the somber voice in "Gerontion" and "The Hollow Men." But I outgrew it, and now I'm not really sure what all the fuss was. I couldn't actually tell you what these poems are really about.

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2511 days ago

He was on the lecture circuit all his life, so you can read Dickens best by listening to him being read -- get an audio book of The Pickwick Papers or Great Expectations and you hear the beauty of the language and the psychological insight. But he was the kind of writer who was undone by sentimentality (maybe he drank too many pints?). How many dying pale wide-eyed fourteen-year-old female virgins did he think the reader could handle? As Oscar Wilde said, "One would have to have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without dissolving into tears...of laughter."

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2511 days ago

Wrote the perfect book for stupid high school jock types to pick when asked what they think is a good read. Every moron I know thought The Outsiders was the zenith of literary achievement.

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2511 days ago

A great talent, but I wish she'd taken on some bigger topics than she did. Her six novels are all about the same things. Events like the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution were happening during the era, but she never turned her eyes toward those topics. Meanwhile other women writers, like Wollstonecraft and Burney, wrote a lot about those topics, so it wasn't as though her gender should have stopped her.

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