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438 pages, Paperback
First published October 3, 1995
The squalor never ends once one gets involved with people for whom truth is no criterion.~as well as poignancy, as when Vidal writes about Jimmie Trimble (the love of his life - who died at 19 in Iwo Jima and to whom Vidal dedicated the novel 'The City and the Pillar'):
Jimmie was both homoerotic and heteroerotic. I suppose I am curious about the balance between the two in his nature. But then when one lover goes into shock at the news of his death and another [Vidal] mourns him to the end of his life, we have moved far beyond sex or eroticism and on to the wilder shores of love, and shipwreck.