Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just a sweet old man...

There were moments at the 92nd Street Y Tuesday night when Gore Vidal was just a sweet old man, reminiscing. ...gather(ing) steam as the evening progressed. Parini showed slides of photos from his book—which Vidal, with some difficulty, turned around to glimpse. (One) photo showed him standing with Charlton Heston on the set of Ben Hur, on which (he) worked as a script doctor.

Asked about Heston’s acting skills, “He was rather wooden, wasn’t he?”

Vidal replied, “...if you count balsa as one of the woods.”

In memory of Ivan Lidster

Lloyd Grove @ The Daily Beast

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