Gore Vidal & Society

American writer, screenwriter and essayist Gore Vidal was born on 3 October 1925 (and died in 2012). In addition to literature, he was also involved in politics.

Quotes

“Once a country is habituated to liars, it takes generations to bring the truth back.”

“At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.”

“Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”

“I have always found it strange that a nation whose prosperity is based entirely upon cheap immigrant labour should be so unrelentingly xenophobic.”

Lo scrittore, sceneggiatore e saggista statunitense Gore Vidal è nato il 3 ottobre 1925 (e morto nel 2012). Oltre alla letteratura, fu coinvolto anche in politica.

Citazioni

“Una volta che un paese è abituato ai bugiardi, ci vogliono generazioni per portare indietro la verità”.

“In ogni momento, l’opinione pubblica è un caos di superstizione, disinformazione e pregiudizio”.

“A quanto pare, una democrazia è un posto in cui si svolgono molte e costose elezioni senza temi concreti e con candidati intercambiabili.”

” Ho sempre trovato strano che una nazione la cui prosperità è basata sul lavoro a basso costo degli immigranti sia così inesorabilmente xenofoba”.

Advertisement

78 thoughts on “Gore Vidal & Society

  1. I read Vidal’s autobiography when I was so young that much of it I don’t remember ~ but one thing struck me very familiarly even then. He wrote that in his life whenever he’d tried to be only one humble individual in a group of them it had just made matters worse ~ he always found himself picked out as the aristocrat (hated or loved according to demographic), anyway.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Luisa ! Gore Vidal’s all quotes are praiseworthy . But his quote on Election is closer to truth . Democracy without Election is just like a young woman is prohibited in her efforts in selection for a cute and sober husband . In Democracy numerous type of Elections take place on the name of making Democracy vibrant . And with great cost . Even without any issue . Moreover , with interchangeable candidates . Idea is that a new candidate will bring about better butter and bread with honey for the common people . However , it never happens so . Election is going on and on and on , if you have to be a Democratic country as such . Since Gore Vidal , himself , was a politician , he might have experienced this naked truth from his own eye . If you are critical about Election in a Democracy , you may be designated/declared as an autocratic or an authotarian without ascertaining the fact that how much democratic you are from within . Thanks for sharing !

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Gore Vidal was an author, essayist and playwright who was also involved in politics at several points in his life. Before he became famous as an author, however, he made his mark as the co-founder of a literary magazine called The Nation. In addition to writing political commentary, Vidal also published several historical novels, most notably Julian, which chronicles the last few years of Roman emperor Julian the Apostate’s life.

    Gore Vidal was born in 1925 to Eugene Luther Gore, Jr. (known as Gene) and Nina Gore (Nina or Nin) in West Point, New York. His paternal grandparents were Thomas Pryor Gore, a Democratic congressman from Oklahoma, and Nina (born Nannie) Mann. His mother was a socialite who raised him mostly in Washington, D.C., but he also spent his summers at his family’s farm near La Crosse, Wisconsin. As a boy living at the American Embassy in London during World War II while his father was stationed there as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps (later U.S. Air Force), Gore suffered many illnesses due to his weakened immune system caused by chronic nephritis; on several occasions this led to him being sent back to the United States for recovery. He attended St Albans School and then graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1943. After turning 18, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve (1943-46). Following Navy service, Vidal graduated from Harvard University with a major in history in 1948 where he wrote an undergraduate thesis on Senator Joe McCarthy that is still widely cited among scholars today. At Harvard, Vidal would become lifelong friends with poet Robert Lowell and writer Jack Kerouac; they formed a group known as The Harvard Beats (a term coined by Kerouac).

    Vidal was a prolific writer, with novels, nonfiction, essays, screenplays, teleplays and more to his name. He also became an outspoken political figure later in life. His polemical style made him a controversial figure at times. This is why he’s come to be known as the most controversial man in America. One of his best-known works was a historical novel called Burr about Aaron Burr, for which he won a National Book Award for Fiction in 1973. The novel served as the basis for the 2004 film Alexander directed by Oliver Stone.

    He was a prolific writer in many genres, including novels, short stories, plays, essays, and screenplays. His most notable works include Williwaw, The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, Julian, and the historical novel Lincoln. Most of his best-selling books were written during the 1950s and 1960s. He was also politically active as a Democratic party supporter but later became more conservative after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. In addition to writing, he did documentary film work for NBC in the late 1940s.

    A prolific writer and political figure, Gore Vidal’s life intersected with major film roles. He appeared in the movie Bob Roberts, which starred Tim Robbins as a folk singer turned politician who ran for Congress on an anticorporate platform; he played the titular character. In 1984, he starred in My Night at Maud’s, where he played a philosophy professor who has an affair with a young woman. The following year, he was featured in The Killing Fields. These movies gave him a taste of Hollywood stardom while his writing career continued to thrive. His first novel was published in 1948, but it wasn’t until 1966 that he published Julian that would be considered his masterpiece. Other notable books included Burr (1973), Lincoln (1984), Empire (1987), and Live from Golgotha: New Poems (1993).

    In 2005, Vidal was hospitalized for a perforated ulcer and underwent surgery. The following year, he published his memoir Palimpsest. In 2007, he was interviewed by Bill Moyers in a documentary on PBS called Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. He told Moyers that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the Bush administration. On October 20, 2012, he died from complications from pneumonia at home in Hollywood Hills.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I love the Gore in Italy, Fellini’s Roma etc. I used to stay at the Villa Amore in Ravello once a year in the off-season and would look for him as moved around town. No luck. He was fortunate to have lived there.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Quattro ottime citazioni, 👍. Se si prende ad esempio, la situazione italiana per quanto riguarda la politica abbiamo sicuramente toccato il fondo. Con le ultime elezioni la preoccupazione di fare un salto nel passato è molto concreta. Chi ha vinto è palesemente di destra anzi di estrema destra e non mi sembra esagerato dire che sembra di vedere una versione al femminile di Mussolini. Xenofoba, razzista, omofoba, con delle idee che fanno davvero rabbrividire. Non voglio essere negativa e fatalista ma ho paura che saranno tempi bui quelli che c’attendono.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Mi verrebbe da citare la mitica Sora Lella: “Ahhh, annamo bene proprio bene!”, 😉. Vuoi vedere che questi ci vogliono morire a Palazzo Chigi, 🤔? Non si riesce a scollarli nemmeno se li si prende di peso e gli si toglie la sedia da sotto il fondoschiena, 🤦‍♀️.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Scusa se mi ripeto, ma repetita iuvant.

    ELEZIONI

    Non c’è la faccio più a scriverei ancora

    sull’Arcorese, mia cara signora,

    Comunque mi arrendo e ci riprovo

    per evitare “uccelli di rovo”.

    Ah, finalmente so per chi votare!

    Mi stavo disperdendo fra … Meloni,

    che da cozza da fare spaventare

    perla spesso diventa … Berlusconi,

    che promette cielo, mari e monti

    . . . Salvini, che se al potere va

    degli immigrati, senza fare sconti,

    in un baleno ci libererà

    . . . Renzi, che con i quattro gatti che

    sono rimasti nel P D promette

    di fare ‘ora’ ciò che solo se

    avesse lui voluto in un ‘bau sette”,

    con due schizzi di penna, in un due tre,

    invece di andare alla buvette

    avrebbe ben potuto realizzare,

    e smetterla di starci a coglionare!

    Dicevo, i miei dubbi ho risolto:

    dal medico dell’ASL sono andato,

    che dopo avermi dato bene ascolto

    sulla ricetta quale candidato

    ha scritto . . . uno qualunque, e oplà,

    costui io voterò, e con candore

    “Sì, sì” — dirò a chi mi chiederà —

    ‘Ma te lo ha prescritto il dottore?’ ”

    Infatti, è questa la domanda che

    con i politicastri che abbiamo

    dobbiamo aspettarci: non ce n’è

    uno che non appenderei al ramo!

    Essere presi per quel posto . . . noooo,

    dalla mattina a sera non si può!

    Un limite, ehm, c’è a tutte le cose:

    perché a me sempre spine e a loro rose?

    Idea mia di antico conio

    che io regalo a tutti è … “Vota Antonio”.

    ( Cassandro)

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s