“Life is not a race course or a competitive examination. At worst it calls for endurance and at best it calls for a certain virtue in one’s dealings with oneself.”

Gore Vidal, 1957

In an unpublished letter to his half-sister, the late writer offers advice on life, his thoughts on JFK, and what it takes to make it into the history books. Read it here.

Taking on the likes of Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley required an intense workout regimen. RIP Gore Vidal.
Read a selection of the late writer’s work for Vanity Fair here.
Photograph: Condé Nast Archive

Taking on the likes of Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley required an intense workout regimen. RIP Gore Vidal.

Read a selection of the late writer’s work for Vanity Fair here.

Photograph: Condé Nast Archive