Friday, October 23, 2015

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The Life and Literature of Gore Vidal - The New Yorker

The Life and Literature of Gore Vidal - The New Yorker
“He needs to conquer, to shine, to dominate,” Vidal’s friend Anaïs Nin noted.


'At first, Vidal was thrilled by the connection. Returning from a trip to Washington, D.C., he told her, “You have cast a spell on me. What I once accepted, I now do not like. I found my grandfather, the senator, boring.” But the spell soon wore off. In March of 1946, Vidal invited Nin to a dinner at thePEN Club. “Was shocked by the mediocrity of the talks,” she wrote. “A ‘literary’ world so thoroughly political, intriguing, and commercial, but a world Gore intends to conquer.” The next month, she writes, “Gore in the world is another Gore. He is insatiable for power. He needs to conquer, to shine, to dominate.” In November, she notes that Vidal’s letters—he had then retreated to write in a Guatemalan monastery that he had acquired for a pittance—“sound attenuated, diminished, dulled. Lack of faith, of responsiveness to surroundings and people. A blight.” By December, she admits defeat: “Whatever Gore was with me, whatever side he showed me, was not the one he was to show in his life and in his work.'

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Poland Election 2015: How Sunday's Vote Could Shake up Europe

Poland Election 2015: How Sunday's Vote Could Shake up Europe - Bloomberg Business
"It doesn’t have the euro, its economy is barely bigger than Belgium’s and its finances are in decent shape. Yet an opposition win in Poland this weekend still might send a jolt through Europe.
Elections will say a lot about how far the former communist country has come over the past eight years, but will say more about how far it still has to go to bridge the prosperity gap with western Europe."

Hurricane Patricia: Mexico braced for 'potentially catastrophic' storm

More than 40 pensioners killed in French bus crash

More than 40 pensioners killed in French bus crash - BBC News
"More than 40 pensioners on a day trip have been killed after their bus crashed with a truck on a country road in south-western France.
The collision happened near Puisseguin in the Gironde wine region, east of Bordeaux, after the bus had set off from a nearby town. The truck driver also died.
The French president said he was "plunged into sadness by the tragedy".
This is the worst French road disaster since one in 1982 when 52 people died."

Conservative PACs Attack Republicans, and It Pays

Conservative PACs Attack Republicans, and It Pays
"Most of the money raised by conservative petition drives targeting Republican party leadership has gone not to candidates but to consultants, finance records show."

Bible Study Group Devolved Into Lethal Sect