Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It’s my interview, so we’ve got to stay with me.

An interview in the NYT with Gore Vidal.

At the age of 82, you will be publishing your new collection of essays this week, which seems likely to confirm your reputation as one of America’s last public intellectuals. Why do you think that critics have traditionally praised your essays more than your fiction, which includes “Burr,” “Myra Breckinridge” and 20 other novels?

That’s because they don’t know how to read. I can’t name three first-rate literary critics in the United States . I’m told there are a few hidden away at universities, but they don’t print them in The New York Times .

The joys of not caring, since the 1990s it's a lesson we too soon forget. Thanks GV.


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