3 March 2011


Gore Vidal (born 1925) is an American author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, with a mile long and very impressive list of work behind him. 
Early in his career he wrote 'The City and the Pillar' (1948), which outraged critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. Vidal has had affairs with both men and women. The novelist Anaïs Nin claimed an involvement with Vidal in her memoir 'The Diary of Anaïs Nin' but Vidal denied it in his memoir 'Palimpsest'. 
He was briefly engaged to Joanne Woodward, before she married Paul Newman, after eloping, the couple shared a house with Vidal in Los Angeles for a short time. 
In 1950, he met his long-term partner Howard Austen.
Vidal also ran for political office twice and served as a longtime political critic. 
He was strongly critical of the Bush Administration listing it among administrations he considered to have either an explicit or implicit expansionist agenda. He has described George W. Bush as "the stupidest man in the United States".
"I'm not a conspiracy theorist, I'm a conspiracy analyst. Everything the Bushites touch is screwed up. They could never have pulled off 9/11, even if they wanted to. Even if they longed to. They could step aside, though, or just go out to lunch while these terrible things were happening to the nation. I believe that of them" Vidal once said.
Hedi Slimane has taken these stunning photos of the charismatic Gore Vidal. 

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