August 1st, 2012 / 12:56 pm

Gore Vidal Memorial Inflammatory Sentence Competition *UPDATED*

The most inflammatory sentence in the comments wins the 70 UDP books from their Full Moon Sale.

The winner will be chosen by either Blake or myself. I’m not really sure who. We just made this contest up a few minutes ago over email, and didn’t really plan that far out.

Good luck, and R.I.P. Gore Vidal! Loved that Caligula!

*UPDATE 8/02/12* I’ve picked a winner, and that winner is Scott McClanahan. Congratulations, Scott! You’ve won some books! R.I.P. Gore Vidal!

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  1. A D Jameson

      I saw Vidal Sassoon not long before he died.

  2. A D Jameson

      Gore Vidal wrote Wikipedia articles?

  3. A D Jameson

      Gore Vidal was the poor man’s Norman Mailer.

      Still, I like the part where he shows up in Fellini’s Roma:

  4. reynard

      man that dude would have eaten your balls for breakfast, rubbed your taint for lunch and we all know what’d be for dinner

  5. Vore_Gidal

      I feel like if I say something inflammatory people will be offended and I have an aversion to offending people who seem nice/have seemingly coherent and sane political and moral beliefs.

      That said: Look, Roman Polanski raped that little hooker in retribution for the 1993 Branch Davidian compound massacre, the Aurora shooting was probably motivated by similar, public minded objectives, and I really don’t give a fuck about that whore America or her putrid, rotting cunt and will not weep every time she feels that she’s been taken advantage of.

  6. Edward Trefts

      God is my fuck doll.

  7. Sean Kauffman

      yo, fuck all you polite writers and your doily ass insults, you’re
      as inflamed as post-nasal drip, and fuck gore vidal and mailer too couple of
      insecure media slut politician wannabes, the most honest thing mailer did was stab his wife but not even to death, vidal was too gay to punch him the face on TV like they both wanted, and fuck those ugly duckling books I might not read but
      want cause the covers look cool and will impress my friends, in fact fuck
      literature a word for assholes who can’t tell their parents they’ve chosen to
      fail, why don’t you go chop wood or milk a fucking cow or sail on a boat,
      christ fuck all words the only word you need is fuck but only cause snorts don’t work on the internet.

  8. Trey

      itt: people revealing something about themselves as they try too hard

  9. Scott McClanahan

      Ooh yeah, he is cool in Roma.

  10. mimi

      bacterial pathogens, injured tissues, non-degradable pathogens, viral infection, persistent foreign bodies, autoimmune reactions, napalm, thermite, chlorine trifluoride, white phosphorus and chelsea martin’s wigger chick

  11. Richard Grayson

       Actually, he was the rich man’s Norman Mailer, as Norman would be the first to tell you.

      If you read the beautiful letters they wrote back and forth when they were both old, it’s clear that they were both very fond of each other despite the punching and head-butting.

  12. Richard Grayson

      Well, I will just say this as the cranky senior citizen here: Gore Vidal was an important writer to me when I was growing up.  Yesterday I counted and I read 13 of his books: two plays, two memoirs, one book of short stories, and the rest novels.  I guess you can’t understand what it was like to read “The City and the Pillar” as a young teen who knew he was gay in the early 1960s (same goes for Baldwin, Albee, and others).  Or to be a kid interested in politics and read “Washington, D.C.” — which is still my favorite of his books (“Julian” a close second).  I can still remember set pieces from “Washington, D.C.,” which I read from my mom’s Literary Guild hardcover edition (those were the days when middle-class people, even non-college-educated ones like my parents, got hardcover books from the Book of the Month Club and the Literary Guild every month).  I instinctively knew Vidal got everything “right” about Washington and the people he wrote about, like this one that I later saw Gloria Steinem mention:

      Toward the end of Gore Vidal’s gossipy, underrated novel, Washington, D.C.,
      a fictional girl named Elizabeth Watress meets President Truman at a
      Democratic Convention. She is tall, beautiful and well-bred. (In fact,
      her whispery voice, a divorced father who “played polo and drank
      heavily,” a public manner “simulating fear and delight in equal
      proportions,” and her eventual marriage to a handsome young
      Presidential-hopeful have led a lot of people to think she is based on
      Jacqueline Bouvier.) So it surprises Clay Overbury, her eventual
      husband, when she gazes after little homespun Harry Truman with whom she
      has just shaken hands, and exclaims, “‘He looks so sexy!’”

      “‘Sexy? Good God, you are crazy. That’s the President.’”

      “‘And that’s what I meant,’ said Elizabeth evenly, and Clay laughed. Not many girls were so honest.”

  13. Richard Grayson

      A lot of people here show their character in the comments they write.

  14. C

      Deadgod reminds me of Gore Vidal.

  15. David Fishkind

      All these pieces of shit who read HTMLGiant actually believe they are a part of something.

  16. A_Witt

      Gore Vidal writes like almost as good as Marie Calloway.

  17. shadowoftheknives

      ayn rand turned him gay and democrat

  18. deadgod

      –and it’s all so darn ill-fitted to ‘Titan’ Vidal.

  19. Nathan Curtis Warner

      Oh ya, this guy is the one whose thoughts were HIV positive and infected the world’s housewives with nothing less, causing them all to feel a bit less feminine.

  20. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      shade is when I dont have to tell gore vidal he’s ugly because he already knows he’s ugly. and dead.

  21. Jonathan King

       Gore Vidal, RIP (racist & intellectual prostitute)

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  23. abysmal

      Of course they would pick the guy who preemptively turns down the prize.

  24. deadgod

      Ha ha – did Scott win because he says he’ll find the books of his life on his own right before he implies that he won’t know what to read now that ‘Titan’ Vidal has died, or for the pussyllanimous walk-back?

      Fucking Turkmenistani boxing referees.

  25. A D Jameson

       I was trying to be inflammatory :-/