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I read on Truthdig yesterday a very honest rant from Gore Vidal in reaction to a comment made by the son of the late William F. Buckley about his father’s relationship to Vidal. What struck me while reading the story was Vidal’s total lack of concern for the effect his extremely blunt criticism of Bluckley’s character so soon after his death may have on Buckley’s mourning relatives and friends… who, as I think about it, probably don’t have Truthdig in their Favorites websites and may not have heard of the story. I definitely enjoyed Mr. Vidal’s bluntness but is it a case where he could have withheld his anger a little longer? Do we or do we not owe the dead special respect?

To read Gore Vidal’s piece, click here.

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