"Gore Vidal? But, he hates everything!" - Review of "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia"
Gore Vidal was a grandson to a senator, heir to an American fortune, and one of the great effortless writers of the 20th Century. He was a writer for the film Ben Hur, traded insults with ...everyone, ran for political office twice, and slept with Jack Kerouac. In many ways, he was a throwback to the public intellectual of the 19th Century but also seems like we would have had an amazing Twitter feed if he had been born in 1990.
I watched his biopic Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia a few weeks ago, where we learn about his upbringing, his scandals, his famous fights, and enormous literary and public successes. He's at times charming, mean, viciously petty, and seems to really know how to hold a grudge. Vidal never comes across as an easy person to like, though definitely an amazing person to know.