Every Time a Friend Succeeds Something Inside Me Dies by Jay Parini download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Others appreciate more hi A balanced, entertaining, and well researched biography written by a friend, writing peer, and neighbor of Vidal during the decades of his residence in Italy. The book made me grateful for the contributions Vidal made to literature and intellectual debate and made me regret the loss of his form of humor in public discourse.
Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water. In life, Vidal turned away those he liked, and even loved, almost in spite of himself, helpless in the face of his own thin-skinned prickliness. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices. Such as being perpetually vain and egocentric mixed in with a lot of insecurity and hypersensitivity to slight and insult. In other periods they had an estate on the Hudson River and a couple of decades in an ancient villa on the Amalfi Coast.
There are only homo- or heterosexual acts. Such as his loyalty and generosity with his many friends. There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person.
All relevant for the long haul. We are a sort of militarised republic. Parini sees this, and writes of it with appropriate tenderness. Being someone driven to win all arguments and keep face in conflicts against a competitor. In later years he could support his extravagant lifestyle by expanding his efforts to the more lucrative work of play production, movie script writing, and talk show performances.
It was part of him, but only part. Living in New York, he struggled to write a major novel about the war, but the result was mediocre and publication was slow in coming. He skipped college in favor of making a living from writing.
He required a hall of mirrors for adequate reflection, and there was never enough. He took up journalism and essays to make money.
For perpetually having the courage to speak in defense of his beliefs and principles in hope of inspiring us toward doing right for the world and the oppressed. And here is Princess Margaret, of whom Vidal was stupidly and snobbishly fond, inviting him to a picnic lunch at the Royal Lodge. Still others say his essays are his biggest legacy, which I only occasionally intersected in newspaper or magazines over the years. The narcissim was, at times an exhausting and debilitating thing for Gore, as it proved impossible to get enough satisfying responses. This, though, was bound to be a doomed project.
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