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Gore Vidal

Datum narození: 3. říjen 1925
Datum úmrtí: 31. červenec 2012

Gore Vidal, vlastním jménem Eugene Luther Vidal jr., byl americký spisovatel, scenárista a politik. Psal také pod pseudonymy Edgar Box, Cameron Kay a Katherine Everard.

Narodil se v rodině leteckého instruktora na vojenské akademii ve West Pointu ve státě New York. V letech 1943-46 sloužil v armádě, ale už v tomto raném údobí svého života napsal během svého vojenského pobytu v Tichomoří svůj první román - Williwaw – strohý a zdařilý popis boje mužů s živly.

V románu The City and the Pillar rozmnožuje počet mužských postav, jejich různých problémů, jejich hledání a bloudění. Senzaci vzbudil motiv homosexuality, jež se přenáší i do dalšího románu The Season of Comfort .

Jeho dědeček, populární slepý senátor za Oklahomu, snil o tom, že si jeho vnuk, který ho už jako desetiletý vodil do Kongresu, zvolí politickou kariéru, ale ten dal nakonec přednost spisovatelské dráze. Politika ale stále byla předmětem jeho zájmu a dokonce se dvakrát ucházel o významné politické funkce – jednou o křeslo člena Sněmovny reprezentantů za New York, podruhé o senátorství v Kalifornii.

Vydal hodně přes dvacet románů a jeden povídkový soubor, napsal pět divadelních her a řadu filmových a televizních scénářů a byl výrazně činný publicisticky. Velmi otevřeně hovořil o homosexualitě i politice. Se svým životním partnerem Howardem Austenem se seznámil v roce 1950. Wikipedia

„Narcista je člověk, který vypadá lépe než vy.“

—  Gore Vidal

[(en) A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.]
Zdroj: [The American spectator, Svazek 26, 1993, 80, anglicky]

„Nikdy neměj děti. Jenom vnoučata.“

—  Gore Vidal

[(en) Never have children, only grandchildren.]
Zdroj: [Vidal, Gore, Palimpsest: a memoir, Random House, 1995, 33, anglicky]

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„A current pejorative adjective is narcissistic. Generally, a narcissist is anyone better looking than you are, but lately the adjective is often applied to those “liberals” who prefer to improve the lives of others rather than exploit them.“

—  Gore Vidal

"Growing Up With Gore Vidal," Screening History (1994), p. 24.
1990s
Kontext: A current pejorative adjective is narcissistic. Generally, a narcissist is anyone better looking than you are, but lately the adjective is often applied to those “liberals” who prefer to improve the lives of others rather than exploit them. Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the highest altruism. But then to reverse, periodically, the meanings of words is a very small price to pay for our vast freedom not only to conform but to consume.

„Lennon was somebody who was a born enemy of those who govern the United States. He was everything they hated.“

—  Gore Vidal

Quoted in the documentary The U.S. vs John Lennon (2006) — video excerpt at The Huffington Post (12 September 2006) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/09/12/video-john-lennon-was-_n_29293.html
2000s
Kontext: Lennon was somebody who was a born enemy of those who govern the United States. He was everything they hated. So I just say that he represented life, and is admirable; and Mr. Nixon and Mr. Bush represent death, and that is a bad thing.

„Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace.“

—  Gore Vidal

"The State of the Union" (1978)
1970s, Homage to Daniel Shays : Collected Essays (1972), Matters of Fact and Fiction : Essays 1973 - 1976 (1978)
Kontext: Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace. Big corporations fix prices among themselves and thus drive out of business the small entrepreneur. Also, in their conglomerate form, the huge corporations have begun to challenge the very legitimacy of the state.

„Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won't be.“

—  Gore Vidal

1990s, The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (1992)
Kontext: Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won't be. Any individual who is able to raise $25 million to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent oil, or aerospace, or banking, or whatever moneyed entities are paying for him. Certainly he will never represent the people of the country, and they know it. Hence, the sense of despair throughout the land as incomes fall, businesses fail and there is no redress.

„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.“

—  Gore Vidal

"Gore Vidal and the Mind of the Terrorist" http://www.abc.net.au/arts/books/stories/s432193.htm, interview by Ramona Koval, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National (November 2001)
2000s
Kontext: 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. The founding fathers hated two things, one was monarchy and the other was democracy, they gave us a constitution that saw to it we will have neither. I don't know how wise they were.

„The period of Prohibition — called the noble experiment — brought on the greatest breakdown of law and order the United States has known until today. I think there is a lesson here.“

—  Gore Vidal

"The State of the Union" (1975)
1970s, Homage to Daniel Shays : Collected Essays (1972), Matters of Fact and Fiction : Essays 1973 - 1976 (1978)
Kontext: The period of Prohibition — called the noble experiment — brought on the greatest breakdown of law and order the United States has known until today. I think there is a lesson here. Do not regulate the private morals of people. Do not tell them what they can take or not take. Because if you do, they will become angry and antisocial and they will get what they want from criminals who are able to work in perfect freedom because they have paid off the police.

„Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the higher altruism.“

—  Gore Vidal

Zdroj: 1990s, Screening History (1992), Ch. 1: The Prince and the Pauper, p. 24
Kontext: Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the higher altruism. But then to reverse, periodically, the meanings of words is a very small price to pay for the freedom not only to conform but to consume.

„History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.“

—  Gore Vidal

Quoted in Gert Jonkers, "Gore Vidal, the Fantastic Man," Butt, No. 20 (7 April 2007)
2000s
Kontext: Everybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it’s gossip with some point to it. That’s why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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