What a great loss. I discovered Gore Vidal as a teen watching an interview with him on TV and became a fan. Can't say I agree with everything he wrote but loved his attitude, loved his forthright talk back in an age when people were tentative to talk straight on American television.
"All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself."
"We should stop going around babbling about how we're the greatest democracy on earth, when we're not even a democracy. We are a sort of militarised republic."
"Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die."
Just keep swimming... just keep swimming.. just keep swimming....