Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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Gorey Went And Got Some

"An earlier version misstated the term Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. in a television appearance during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It was crypto-Nazi, not crypto-fascist. It also described incorrectly Mr. Vidal’s connection with former Vice President Al Gore. Although Mr. Vidal frequently referred jokingly to Mr. Gore as his cousin, they were not related. And Mr. Vidal’s relationship with his longtime live-in companion, Howard Austen, was also described incorrectly. According to Mr. Vidal’s memoir 'Palimpsest,' they had sex the night they met, but did not sleep together after they began living together. It was not true that they never had sex."

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BadUncle (#153)

Did he just not enjoy sex?

skahammer (#587)

@BadUncle: I think Vidal's memoirs (I believe it's in Palimpsest) suggest that he was a devoted hirer of prostitutes for sex.

Actually I think it's greater than a suggestion — more like a boast. But I've loaned out my copy of Palimpsest and can't verify at the moment.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

I've said before "I can only hope my obituary is that interesting." I will now say I can only hope my obituary is as interesting as that correction to Vidal's obituary.

C_Webb (#855)

@stuffisthings "An earlier version confused Mr. Vidal with Joan Didion, albeit briefly, and you have to admit somewhat humorously, considering."

Matt (#26)

Joke's on both of them because from what I'm seeing on the Internet, Vidal is going to be best remembered for some shitty Simpsons bit.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@Matt You're thinking of Thomas Pynchon.

Kevin Knox (#4,475)

@stuffisthings Lisa: My only friends are grown-up nerds like Gore Vidal, and even he's kissed more boys than I ever will.

Marge: Girls, Lisa. Boys kiss girls.

SeanP (#4,058)

Well, I'm glad we got that all straightened out.

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