03/24/2005:"Stop Calling Me A Queer, You Crypto-Nazi"
Gore Vidal, as well as writing some good fiction and one really frightening screenplay (to his credit, he did try to wash his hands of the thing), has been freely spewing vitriol about the sad state America is in for years. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace was a recent fave of mine; I'd never really let it sink in that we're ALWAYS at war, and that the government just doesn't always market our activities with ginchy names like "Enduring Freedom".
There's a great (but lengthy) interview with him this week at citypages.com. Who can resist the charm of a dialog like this from live T.V. coverage of the 1968 Democratic Convention:
Gore Vidal: "As far as I'm concerned, the only sort of proto- or crypto-Nazi I can think of is yourself. Failing that, I'll only say that we can't have--"
William F. Buckley: "Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I'll sock you in the goddamn face and you'll stay plastered."
Alas. The days of famous literate American drunks have gone the way of most other American Values....