Gore Vidal was -- for all his elegant door-stops in print, many of them lauded as superior American historical novels -- absolutely a creature of popular mass media. Of television most of all, I'd say.
I don't feel sad for Gore Vidal today. He lived to 86 and he had the kind of life people ask Santa Claus for. It was not without hardship, loss or suffering, but he leaves behind great works and a million smiles. If anything, I feel sad for my country, which lost one of its truest patriots.