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RIP Gore Vidal

August 2, 2012

Gore Vidal was the last of a generation of literary lions who attempted—sometimes with spectacular success, but also a healthy amount of failure—to broaden the possibilities of fiction and nonfiction. In contrast to the usual stereotype of intellectual-as-wallflower, Vidal was also famous for being a literary brawler of the first order: witness this pleasant little conversation between him and William F. Buckley Jr.:


Or this equally notable brawl between Vidal and Mailer (which is mentioned in Intellectual’s Maxim 95):


The intellectual life: it’s not for wimps.

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