13 November 2008

Gore Vidal's "Point to Point Navigation : A Memoir"


The end is nigh. This time, though, I´m talking about the world. Gore Vidal´s latest memoirs are an endgame onslaught on various modern (but eternal) problems - such as the American Empire. He´s brilliant, also, on many of the recent alumni of notable genius - Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Christopher Isherwood - but mostly, himself. Here´s how he ends the book, some Pope, just to give you a taster:

"Nor public flame nor private, dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!
Lo! thy dread empire, CHAOS! is restor´d;
Light dies before thy uncreating word;
Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall,
And universal Darkness buries all."

"Why did you learn that" a classmate asked the great man in 1943. "Because one of these days it´s bound to be apt." Nuff said.

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