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Palimpsest by Gore Vidal
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Nov 25, 09

Read in October, 2009

It begins with a retelling of the sexual perversions of John F Kennedy and Gore Vidal's memoir just keeps giving the juicy details. Unfortunately most of that juice is squeezed out of socialites and intellectuals of the 1950s, most of whom are long forgotten (except, obviously, by Vidal). Nonetheless Vidal is a born novelist who could point a reader to the fun stuff in any life, even someone far more boring than him (like Jesus Christ). And he comes up with fun devices, like excerpting passages from others' writings that involve him, and then contradicting those other writers. A particularly fun example is the night he and Jack Keruac shared that was later fictionalized by Keruac. This book will be enjoyed by everyone, especially those who enjoy Paul Newman's salad dressing.
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