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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Gore Vidal
Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend - if only in name - to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.
Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights on Friday night in memory of Gore Vidal and the cast of his play "The Best Man" will dedicate the next week of performances to the late author and playwright.
Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday, his nephew said.
Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights on Friday night in memory of Gore Vidal and the cast of his play "The Best Man" will dedicate the next week of performances to the author and playwright.
Gore Vidal seemed able not only to do anything, but to do it all at the same time. In the early 1960s, you might catch him on a television talk show, read an essay of his in The Nation about Norman Mailer, see "The Best Man" on Broadway or watch him campaign for Congress with Eleanor Roosevelt at his side.
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidal might have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidal might have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing _ tall, handsome and composed _ and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.
Vocal atheist Christopher Hitchens has completed writing his 400-page memoir, "Hitch-22." Mr. Hitchens, a Briton, has gained a name as an outspoken essayist, author and columnist.