RIP Gore Vidal, Maeve Binchy

We lost two great authors this week. But I’m just going to be honest–I have never read their work. That’s because I’ve been too busy reading all of those Diana Gabaldon novels.

Gore Vidal had the coolest name, didn’t he? He wrote fiction (25 novels!), essays, journalism, plays and never kept his political opinions to himself. He ran for office twice, lost both times and said, “There is not one human problem that could not be solved if people would simply do as I advised.” I know this because I saw him on Da Ali G Show a long time ago, and I read his New York Times obit today. Did you hear that by the time he was 25, he’d had more than 1,000 sexual encounters with men and women? I admire anyone who can a) get that much action, b) not apologize for it, and c) still get taken seriously enough to be called an intellectual.

Maeve Binchy was totally up my alley, so now I need to pick up her books. This Irish novelist wrote 16 novels including Tara Road which was both an Oprah pick and an Andie MacDowell movie. She was known for deft writing about women’s friendships, romance and ugly ducklings who learn to rock their ugliness. Ireland and the rest of the world mourns the loss of this charming mass market media darling.

Photo/David Shankbone

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