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Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir

by Gore Vidal

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This isn't a chronological biography or memoir but really just a collection of mostly short chapters with Vidal telling various and often funny anecdotes about writers such as Truman Capote and Tennessee (The Bird) Williams and other famous people such as Rudolph Nureyev and Princess Margaret. I listened to the audiobook version which has the added benefit of Vidal doing his Capote and Williams imitation voices and that of others such as Jack Kennedy. So that probably an extra point or two just for the entertainment of the narration.

It seemed to jump the shark when the climax is built around Vidal advocating for the mob-hit / CIA cover-up version of the Kennedy assassination conspiracy and using as his source Lamar Waldron's Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK. That seemed to be the totally wrong note to go out on.

His earlier thoughts on mortality and the passing of his companion Howard Austen were more moving. ( )
  alanteder | Dec 25, 2014 |
Less a memoir than a collection of tales about the author's life, but never less than enthralling. ( )
  Fledgist | Apr 17, 2007 |
Aside from the fact that this is the first book I was able to enter into LibraryThing with an old CueCat (Mac OS 10.4.9) with no mods, it's more Gore. Not more than you asked for; Gore so that you don't want to ever lose this voice. Even when his views don't agree with yours, you can't deny his education, pedigree, or erudition. Americans such as Gore don't come along often. Treasure him. ( )
  vesuvian | Apr 8, 2007 |
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As I now move, graciously I hope, toward the door marked Exit, it occurs to me that the only thing I ever really liked to do was go to the movies.
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Celebrated novelist, essayist, critic, and controversialist Vidal ranges freely over his remarkable life with the signature wit and literary elegance that is uniquely his. From his desks in Ravello and the Hollywood Hills, Gore Vidal travels in memory through the arenas of literature, television, film, theater, politics, and international society, where he has cut a broad swath, recounting achievements and defeats, friends and enemies made and lost. Among the gathering of notables to be found in these pages are Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, Tennessee Williams ("the Glorious Bird"), Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles, Johnny Carson, Greta Garbo, Federico Fellini, Rudolph Nureyev, Elia Kazan, and Francis Ford Coppola. Some of the book's most moving pages are devoted to the illness and death of his partner of five decades, Howard Austen, and indeed the book is, among other things, a meditation on mortality written in the spirit of Montaigne.--From publisher description.… (more)

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