Vidal on style
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Gore Vidal on ... the world

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.” (Associated Press)
“There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
“Our lovely vulgar and most human art is at an end, if not the end. Yet that is no reason not to want to practice it, or even to read it. In any case, rather like priests who have forgotten the meaning of the prayers they chant, we shall go on for quite a long time talking of books and writing books, pretending all the while not to notice that the church is empty and the parishioners have gone elsewhere to attend other gods, perhaps in silence or with new words.” (Asociated Press)
“I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam -- good people, yes, but any religion based on a single, well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race as, say, Confucianism, which is not a religion but an ethical and educational system.” (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)
“Look, homophobia is fed into every child in the United States at birth. It is unrelenting, it never lets up. They asked a whole raft of high school boys across the country a couple years ago, one of those polls about what they would most like to be in life, and what they would hate to be, and so forth, and what they would most hate to be was homosexual. There wasn’t anyone, not one, who just skipped the question. They all said, ‘Oh no, that’s the worst thing you could be.’” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
“We did too much. Someone would ring up and say, ‘We’ve got a bar, a bedroom and a kind of ballroom. We’ve got Paul Newman and Vincent J. Donehue is going to direct. Can you think of a play?’ In three or four days you’d write something to fit the sets and the cast.” (pictured in “Bob Roberts”) (Paramount Pictures)
“From 1950,” Vidal told the National Press Club in a speech, there has been “strict governmental control of our economy and the gradual erosion of our liberties, all in order to benefit the economic interest of what is never, to put it tactfully, a very large group.” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Vidal says it is “eerily inept in all but its principal task, which is to exempt the rich from taxes” and charges that its response to Sept. 11 delivered “the knockout blow to our vanishing liberties by phone-tapping, unlawful deportation of suspects and powers to arrest and detain individuals.” (Wyatt Counts / Associated Press)
“Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.” (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)