With Gore Vidal's death yesterday, we lost a major American iconoclast.

Vidal was a man of many words, quite a few of them extremely negative. Writer Arthur Hopcraft referred to him as "a good hater." Vidal responded: "I am quite sure you mean it maliciously. You are a journalist. I pay no attention to most people. The opinion of the world does not mean a goddamn to me. I hate nobody."

We beg to differ. He had problems with many people and things. Some of the feuds even came to blows: Norman Mailer headbutted Vidal in the greenroom during their appearances on "The Dick Cavett Show". Mailer also punched Vidal at a dinner party, to which Vidal famously responded, “Words fail Norman Mailer yet again.”

Here's a compilation of some of the other things/people Gore Vidal hated, seriously disliked, and/or feuded with.

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  • Joyce Carol Oates

  • Sexual labels

  • Today's public figures

  • Monotheism

  • Journalists

  • Poet Carl Sandburg

  • Andy Warhol

  • The American press

  • Henry Miller and Walt Whitman

  • Richard Nixon

  • American Presidents in general

  • The media

  • Ronald Reagan

  • John F. Kennedy

  • Norman Mailer

  • Truman Capote

  • American political parties

  • Harry S. Truman

  • The Republican Party

  • President Barack Obama

  • George W. Bush

  • The United States

  • William F. Buckley, Jr.

  • The American idea of 'democracy'

  • Wealthy Americans


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