Alec Nevala-Lee

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Gore Vidal on the decline of the famous novelist

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Recently I observed to a passing tape recorder that I was once a famous novelist. When assured, politely, that I was still known and read, I explained myself. I was speaking, I said, not of me personally but of a category to which I once belonged that has now ceased to exist. I am still here but the category is not. To speak today of a famous novelist is like speaking of a famous cabinetmaker or speedboat designer. Adjective is inappropriate to noun.

Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation

Written by nevalalee

August 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

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