Gore Vidal: from our archives
Thursday, August 2, 2012 |
There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. - Gore Vidal
Those words sum up the self-confidence Gore Vidal had in his opinions -- opinions he was never shy about sharing.
Mr. Vidal died Tuesday, at his home in California. He was eighty-six.
He wrote twenty-five novels, hundreds of essays and several plays. Many
broke new ground -- especially regarding homosexuality. His 1948 novel
The City and the Pillar, in which a young man dispassionately comes out
as gay, was so controversial the New York Times refused to advertise it.
But he'll also be remembered for his politics; his open feuds with conservatives like William F. Buckley, Jr., writer John Updike; and his particular dislike of George W. Bush, whom he called "the stupidest man in the United States."
As It Happens last spoke with Gore Vidal in November, 1992, right after Bill Clinton won his first election victory. Here is part of that interview with former host Michael Enright, from our archives.