questionsdid you hear that playwright and author, gore…

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Is anyone else thinking... "What's with all the 'Did you hear _ died?' questions of people that I've never heard of nor care about?"

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Some of you all are pretty morbid, that's all I have to say. :) That said, it's a pretty active year for celebrity death.

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I am very sad he's gone. I don't think he ever recovered from the loss of his long time companion. Gore Vidal was a controversial person, almost from the beginning, and exposed issues that were (at the time) hidden behind closed doors. While I didn't always agree with what he said, I respected him.

I'd suggest a reading of The City and the Pillar (NSFW, even in these modern times), and the controversy surrounding it (back in the time it was published). I found Burr and Julian to have fascinating insight into the times of those people. I should probably put Lincoln on my reading list, now.

Interesting man. I wonder who, now, will achieve stature in future times, and will cause those of you who are young now, to regret their loss. I don't know that Gore Vidal is relevant to the younger among you, but he stood his ground, and spoke the truth.

What more is there?

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@jsoko: Exactly what I've been thinking. I'm sad to hear they're gone, as I am when I hear of pretty much any other death, but some of these "celebrities" are pretty obscure.

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I read about it this morning. I've heard the name but never read any of his stuff.

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Here's a sample if his wit -- famous quotes of Gore Vidal:

"The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so."

"Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an IQ of 60"

"Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little."

"I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television."

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If it didn't matter to someone, it wouldn't be posted. The fact that you have not heard of them does not make them any less worthy of our respect. If anything it might encourage those that are a bit clueless to perhaps do a bit more research to determine relevance. "Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee."