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Gore Vidal says nice things about women in the new Vanity Fair
Gore Vidal says nice things about women in the new Vanity Fair

In his prime, writer Gore Vidal didn't have much nice to say about people, and he enjoyed sharing his opinions. On live television in 1968, he referred to fellow commentator William F. Buckley as a  "crypto-Nazi" (Buckley responded by calling Vidal "queer" and threatening to punch him in the face). He dubbed Truman Capote "a full-fledged housewife from Kansas." Andy Warhol was "the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60." After he compared Norman Mailer to Charles Manson, Mailer headbutted Vidal backstage at "The Dick Cavett Show" and weeks later punched him at a dinner party; a prone Vidal declared, "Words...

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