Gore Vidal was a brilliant and gifted writer and wordsmith. He was quick witted and had the bearing of an aristocrat and the vocabulary of a scholar but he also had a fundamental understanding of “the common man”. He was not a college graduate because he found college boring and decided to pursue his own cadence and canon. He had no mercy or patience with conservatives especially those who saw their conservatism as a gift of their social and or economic class neither did he spare the politician or the pastor for whom he had little or no regard. Whether you agreed with him or not if you were an intelligent person you had to respect his intellectual prowess and if you were easily offended he was not a person with whom you would want to debate!
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