Tag: Gore Vidal

Thermonuclear review

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 1 Comment

In the annals of acidic reviewing, nothing beats Truman Capote’s flip dismissal of Jack Kerouac’s work: “That’s not writing, that’s typing.” Still, the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs magazine does not do too badly when it comes to Thermonuclear Monarchy by Elaine Scarry, Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard. Snip:

“This curious book addresses what Scarry describes as the incompatibility of nuclear weapons and democracy. But her knowledge of nuclear matters is superficial, and she says very little about the weapons, other than to draw attention to their awfulness and to the fragile, illegitimate, and dangerous structures that govern their possession and potential use.”

By the way, here’s now Gore Vidal dissed Truman Capote: “He’s a full-fledged housewife from Kansas with all the prejudices.”


At home with Gore Vidal at La Rondinaia

Sunday, 5 August, 2012

In the early 1960s, the imperious and enormously talented Gore Vidal absconded to Italy. In 2003, he sold his 460 m² villa, La Rondinaia (The Swallow’s Nest), on the Amalfi Coast, and returned to Los Angeles, but before he did, the Rainy Day team visited his exquisite eyrie.

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