We are an advocate for Peace, Truth and Justice. We advocate for individual liberty. We believe in preserving the free flow of information into society. Our Organizations purpose is to do all we can to awaken the sleeper within America. To bring Information to willing and open minds. To show you that knowledge is true power. We all have a right to be free and live in a peaceful world. But we must constantly fight for that right. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. We pay tribute here and give thanks to those Men and Women who spoke truth to power.
We are The American Activist.
A Message To Humanity
We are The American Activist.
A Message To Humanity
Author Spotlight - Gore Vidal
The Life of Gore Vidal: The American Writer
Born in 1925 in West Point, New York, Gore Vidal has been considered as one of the most prominent American writers and public intellectuals of his time. He was known for his wit and polished style of writing throughout his novels, screenplays and essays. His life in the political realm had begun even before he was born, having been raised a political family with his grandfather being Thomas Pryor Gore, the U.S. Senator for Oklahoma from 1907-1921 and again in 1931 until 1937.
Being an only child, he had an early experience with the military, as his father was the first aeronautics instructor of the military academy. His father eventually became the director of the Commerce Department's Bureau of Air Commerce during the presidency of Roosevelt, as well as one of the first Army Air Corps pilots, and was known for his involvement with Amelia Earhart.
But it was his mother that inspired his creative side, with her debut on Broadway as an extra in "Sign of the Leopard." However, the marriage between his parents ended when he was only thirteen, and their subsequent marriages resulted in four half-siblings and four step-brothers.
It was surprising, given his intellect throughout his early school life that he did not attend any of the Ivy League schools as his other classmates. Instead, he chose to enlist in the U.S. Army as a military engineer, but subsequently failed training. However, through an uncle, he managed to find a position as an office clerk in the USAAF, where he used his time to memorize the elements of navigation. Vidal presented himself to the examination for qualification and became a junior grade maritime warrant-officer. However, after only three short years of service, Gore Vidal came down with hypothermia and rheumatoid arthritis, and was resigned to duties as a mess officer.
The Subject Matter of the Books of Gore Vidal
Throughout his life writing novels, Vidal examined the corruption of the public and private life of the individual, and how it affects the psyche of the characters within his stories. He gained success with is first military novel, "Williwaw", which focused on men-at-war during the Second World War in Alaska. It was his third novel, however, "The City and the Pillar", that drew the attention of the public for featuring a male homosexual relationship. He was known for pushing the boundaries of social norms in order to force people to their lives and the directions they were heading in. This led to Vidal having to assume the pen name "Edgar Box" in order to continue his writings, which included the mystery novels "Death in the Fifth Position", "Death before Bedtime", and "Death Likes it Hot."
Throughout his essays, however, he focused on the history of the United States and how foreign policy as reduced the country to an empire. Where he caught the most flak, however, were on his essays on sexuality, and that all men and women were inherently pansexual, so that there was no need for the terms "homosexual" and "heterosexual". This inspired many rounds of debates with other intellectuals, such as William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer.
His Feud with William F. Buckley
It was in 1968 that both political intellectuals were invited to the ABC television network to speak on the conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties. What started off as discussions quickly descended into vitriolic personal attacks on each other's characters; Gore Vidal considered Buckley's supporters to be "pro-Nazi", which Buckley referred to Vidal as a "queer" and threatened him with physical violence.
This wasn't the only incident that had the two intellectuals raising words. In Esquire magazine, they continued their tirades, making attacks on the other's personal life until Buckley finally sued Vidal for libel on three occasions for separate publications.
His Feud with Norman Mailer
It was during the taping of "The Dick Cavett Show" where the two had met backstage, and Mailer had reportedly head-butted Vidal. They had continued to insult each other throughout the show, which had been inflamed by Vidal's reference to Mailer having stabbed his wife. The rest of the interview continued to descend into personal attacks on both sides.
Gore Vidal as an American writer influenced many to take up the pen and continue to write political essays and other fictional works of their own. He believed that his homosexuality led to the writing community denying him the full recognition he deserved as a writer. Throughout the rest of his life, however, he continued to reside in Italy with Howard Austen until his dead in 2003. It was said Vidal mourned Austen's death heavily and took to drinking in excess, until his own death in 2012 from pneumonia.
Gore Vidal: An Appreciation
Writers Perspective: Gore Vidal
Interview - 2008