Gore Vidal died today at his home of complications of pneumonia after being sick for a period of time. Vidal, 86, an author and playwright, has contributed hundreds of essays, best-selling novels and Tony nominated plays to the world of entertainment. Among his bestselling novels are “Myra Breckenridge” and “Lincoln, and the recently revived play “The Best Man.”
Gore Vidal twice ran for a political office, including a 1960 run for Congress in the 29th District in New York and for a California Senate seat in 1982. He lost both races, though the New York Times quotes him as saying “There is not one human problem that could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.”
Known for his wit and sharp-tongue, Vidal cut to the quick on any number of topics, but for him, the truth of his words rang clear, and to some extent, the world listened. Of his death, The Hour quotes Vidal with, "Because there is no cosmic point to the life that each of us perceives on this distant bit of dust at galaxy's edge," he once wrote, "all the more reason for us to maintain in proper balance what we have here. Because there is nothing else. No thing. This is it. And quite enough, all in all."