Hung once answered “No, thank you” when asked whether he was “for or against the war in Iraq.”
Not William Hung....no way.
In the past, his warnings did not make the sort of impact they do today. But since Sept. 11, with his witty, lacerating prose, his last-of-its-kind brand of patrician condescension -- and with so many other left-wing thinkers having defected and written cautiously supportive columns on, for example, the Iraq invasion last year--Mr. Vidal has been elevated to the position of Contrarian-in-Chief.The Globe and Mail has a showcase piece on the work of Gore Vidal (July 17).
--writer Christopher Dreher