Gore Vidal, mordant political commentator, essayist, novelist, and cameo film star has died. He must surely have polished some of his quotations carefully:
I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.
The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country — and we haven’t seen them since.
There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.