In 1948, over twenty years before Stonewall and other movements for the rights of gays to even legally exist, Vidal published The City and the Pillar. As a novel looking at the struggle of being gay, it is still considered by many to me masterful and garnished all sorts of negative press at the time. Vidal was never one to let controversy stand in his way. The book is worth reading, sad but not self-loathing as much of gay lit would remain for years. Though it will seem tame today, some scenes, particularly one of playful wrestling, are memorable. It was dedicated to one of Vidal's early young school loves, listed only as J.T.
Even though I agreed with much of Vidal's politics, at times he could be a pompous ass, but in the end, many of us respected him for his stands. I loved to watch him argue with conservative writer William F. Buckley, Jr.--pompous ass vs. pompous ass.
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