Gore Vidal http://kunc.org en Famous For His Hates: The Cool, Witty Gore Vidal http://kunc.org/post/famous-his-hates-cool-witty-gore-vidal <em>Chris Bram is the author of the novel </em>Gods and Monsters<em>. </em><p>Gore Vidal was famous for his hates: academia, presidents, whole portions of the American public and, most notably, Truman Capote. Yet he could be incredibly generous to other writer friends. He wrote beautiful, appreciative essays about Tennessee Williams and Dawn Powell.<p>He was a man of many facets and endless contradictions.<p>He achieved his first notoriety in 1948 when he was only 22, for his novel, <em>The City and the Pillar</em>. It was the fullest, most frank portrait of gay American life at that time. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:56:00 +0000 31385 at http://kunc.org Famous For His Hates: The Cool, Witty Gore Vidal Gore Vidal, In Words http://kunc.org/post/gore-vidal-words The <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/01/157696354/gore-vidal-american-writer-and-cultural-critic-dies" target="_blank">death of writer and cultural critic Gore Vidal</a> on Tuesday, at the age of 86, means many are trying today to capture that man of words' life in just a few phrases:<p>-- He was an "elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization," <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/books/gore-vidal-elegant-writer-dies-at-86.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">says <em>The New York Times</em></ Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:16:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 31334 at http://kunc.org Gore Vidal, In Words Gore Vidal, American Writer And Cultural Critic, Dies http://kunc.org/post/gore-vidal-american-writer-and-cultural-critic-dies Gore Vidal came from a generation of novelists whose fiction gave them a political platform. Norman Mailer ran for mayor of New York City; Kurt Vonnegut became an anti-war spokesman. And Vidal was an all-around critic. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 08:52:00 +0000 31333 at http://kunc.org Gore Vidal, American Writer And Cultural Critic, Dies