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Montrose Voice, No. 86, June 18, 1982 - File 022. 1982-06-18. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 23, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2203/show/2191.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 86, June 18, 1982
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date June 18, 1982
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript Books June 18,1982/Montrose Voice 21 'Gore Vidal always delights, and irritates' THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND OTHER ESSAYS by Core Vidal. Reviewed by Daniel Curzon International Gay News Agency I always grab the latest Gore Vidal book of essays, because I know I'll be entertained, informed, and probably even have some of my own opinions confirmed. Isn't that why we read writers? Vidal always manages to delight and to irritate, and no doubt that's why I keep coming back to his work. Inhislatestoffering, The Second A meri- can Revolution and Other Essays, the author continues his light-fingered tampering with the body politic. Rarely does Vidal stroke it, never embraces it. His approach is always that of the world- weary statesman manque who laughs at what deeply offends him. I must say, however, that sometimes I wonder if the author is quite sincere in some of his beliefs. He always stands up for "the people," but Vidal is also one of the more obvious snobs around. He wouldn't know "the people" if he stepped on one, would he? I suppose he takes this approach because it would be in bad taste to ridicule the poor and the ignorant. Besides, if one cannot believe in the goodness of corporations and government, one can at least comfort oneself with the illusion that "the people" are somehow better. Vidal has few illusions, hut he has to offer something (to himself, if no one else) in a crazy world. Vidal also can't seem to leave professors alone—although they've pretty much left him alone. I've finally decided that Vidal'fl totally unfair stereotyping of this group stems from several sources. One is that, yes indeed, some professors do write constipated prose. But mostly Vidal is getting back at the academics who haven't praised his work enough. The other reason is that the author didn't go to college (calls himself an autodidact) and therefore he feels compelled to denigrate what he hasn't experienced at first hand. But let's not quibble too much. Vidal is somebody special, and gays can and should be grateful for his "Pink Triangle and Yellow Star" piece, originally published under another title in The Nation. With a deftness Swift would envy, Vidal slices off the heads of Madge Decter, Norman Podhoretz, and other new conservatives who have learned nothing whatsoever about tolerance from being members of a minority (the Jews) themselves. How long will it take for old stereotypes to fall into the dust? Even Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, while reviewing this very volume for The New York Time*. couldn't help wondering why Vidal doesn't like "high-falutin' theories of esthetics." What is the thinking here? Why, that "outcasts" like Vidal always like the nou- veau fruity. Apparently even Vidal'fl clever dismemberment of misperceptions about effeminacy and gayness can't alter the misperceptions of Lehmann-Haupt even as he's discussing the misperceptions! Somehow Gore Vidal keeps on campaigning, in both the political and the literary wars, managing to be both knight and old war-horse at once. When all is said and done, one has to applaud the indomit- ability of the man. &\& John Paul Barnich ATTORNEY AT LAW LEGAL SERVICES 3317 MONTROSE SUITE 318 (713) 523-5006 LU m LU ___- Open 10-7 Mon-Fri 2115 Norfolk
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