Iconoclastic writer Gore Vidal died on Tuesday at the age of 86. On Wednesday, every major news outlet ran lengthy obituaries. The New York Times
obituary, however, got a few things wrong.
It published this correction along with the story
on its website:
“An earlier version misstated the term Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. in a television appearance during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It was crypto-Nazi, not crypto-fascist. It also described incorrectly Mr. Vidal’s connection with former Vice President Al Gore. Although Mr. Vidal frequently referred jokingly to Mr. Gore as his cousin, they were not related. And Mr. Vidal’s relationship with his longtime live-in companion, Howard Austen, was also described incorrectly. According to Mr. Vidal’s memoir “Palimpsest,” they had sex the night they met, but did not sleep together after they began living together. It was not true that they never had sex.”
Well, now that that’s cleared up … you can read these 10 quotes from Vidal on writing and language