Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

“Hah! These are my only friends: grown-up nerds like Gore Vidal, and even he’s kissed more boys than I ever will.”

—Lisa Simpson

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Gore Vidal (who guested twice on The Simpsons, and once on Family Guy) probably would’ve appreciated the irony–he had an awe-inspiring way with irony–that the news of his passing coincided with the All-American bigotfest celebrated by hungry homophobes nationwide, Chik-fil-A Appreciation Day.

An inventive and fiercely funny historical novelist, playwright, essayist and screenwriter, Gore Vidal was for many years among our most trenchant public intellectuals. We don’t have those anymore, really, and now that we’ve lost this one our culture is that much poorer. He’ll be buried beside Howard Austen, his partner of more than 50 years (the chicken chain president’s disapproval notwithstanding).

Rohrbach Library has dozens of volumes of Gore Vidal’s work.

And the Associated Press has this story about the University of Louisville’s administration supporting the Chik-fil-A boycott.

1 Response to “Gore Vidal, 1925-2012”


  1. 1 eric August 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    What a genius he was. He’ll be missed. A public intellectual, just like Europe! If only…


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