Let me be clear that I have absolutely no knowledge of Gore Vidal, the private man. For all I know he might have been a perfect gentleman and a scholar, a stalwart friend and a kind man. Nor, I must confess, do I 'know' his public persona too well, either. The occasional radio or TV interview and from time to time odd stories in the press. However, even from that tiny sampling I can say that he always struck me as a pompous, patrician pri... - well, I will not continue the alliteration, you get the picture, I think. He could have won multiple gold medals at the Olympics for haughty superciliousness, to say nothing of just plain old silliness! No doubts, no hesitations, no re-evaluations were ever permitted to interfere with the unstoppable stream of pronouncements from on high which he spewed forth throughout his life. Frankly, the airwaves are very slightly better for his absence - and, no, I never read any of his books, either!