Mr. Gore Vidal, igual a si mesmo, aos 82 anos: «It’s my interview, so we’ve got to stay with me»

«(…) Are you a supporter of gay marriage?
I know nothing about it. I don’t follow that.

Why doesn’t it interest you?
The same reason heterosexual marriage doesn’t seem to interest me.

If we look at the situation apart from you…
It’s my interview, so we’ve got to stay with me.

Have you ever considered leaving the United States permanently?
No, it’s my subject.

Do you read a lot of contemporary fiction these days?
Like everyone else, no, I don’t.

Anyone in the 20th century you might have a kind word about?
Yes, I liked Italo Calvino, and I thought he was the greatest writer of my time.

Your new collection includes an essay in which you note, “Calvino does what very few writers can do: he describes imaginary worlds with the most extraordinary precision and beauty.” What about American novelists?
Can’t think of one.

Norman Mailer?
Oh, dear, we’re not going to go into pluses and minuses now.

(…) What do you think is your own best novel?
I don’t answer questions like that. Ever. And you ought not to ask them.

Well, it was a great pleasure talking to you.
I doubt that.»

[Retirado daqui]



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