Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gore Vidal is Dead

Gore Vidal is a name that is as common as your favourite brand of tooth paste.
Yours truly hardly ever got connected with his writings.
US has a certain obsession with itself - as any superpower is prone to have, particularly when it is the one and only superpower.
In that obsession others get no space on the canvas and hence many times American thinkers, or even the common people, might ignore you completely even when they are talking about you.
They are bend upon using the idea of you and not giving a damn about you yourself.
So what may be your possible reactions to an American intellectual?
Well you might tend to ignore him.

Yours truly is not suggesting that Gore Vidal was self-obsessed or a complete US-centric thinker.
Yours truly is in no position to comment on that - having adopted the attitude to ignore his writings as esoteric in the above sense.

He still made a ripple on yours truly's radar in his passing because he chose to write a book : Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated.

It is rare that an American would reflect on what others think about him, or them. There must have been some courage in this man.