The news comes this morning that Gore Vidal has died. He was an execrable human being in so many ways, but what strikes me in reviewing his life is that he must have been one of the most profoundly unhappy people who ever lived. So much bile, so much contempt.... So do what he could not, and pray for his immortal soul -- I suspect it is going to need all the help it can get.
He is reported to have said that the happiest words in the English language were "I told you so." It may be a pardonable indulgence to feel some satisfaction in the thought that the shade of Bill Buckley may be in a position to speak those words to the shade of Gore Vidal at this very moment.