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Westminster Abbey

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Some of you have been generous enough to inform me, here or on Facebook or at Twitter, that you do not share my esteem for the writings of Gore Vidal. You perhaps do not care for his politics or his prose style or his morality or his person. Perhaps his patrician hauteur irritates you; I'm sure that he would have wanted it that way.

That's as it should be, rather than the bland, stagnant world we would live in if all our tastes agreed. That said, I'm about to quote him, so clear out. Everyone else can stay.

It's a good thing to stand at the grave of Samuel Johnson in Westminster Abbey or to read the plaque on the house on Park Avenue in Baltimore where F. Scott Fitzgerald...