Gore Vidal, Charmer

By Jeffrey Goldberg

For reasons unknown to me ("above my pay grade" is the expression, I think) the Atlantic website is featuring an interview with Gore Vidal, who is as vile as ever. Here's one small proof:

In September, director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland for leaving the U.S. in 1978 before being sentenced to prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson's house in Hollywood. During the time of the original incident, you were working in the industry, and you and Polanski had a common friend in theater critic and producer Kenneth Tynan. So what's your take on Polanski, this many years later?

Vidal: I really don't give a fuck. Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she's been taken advantage of?

Next week, David Duke on the public option.


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