This note accompanies the follow episode(s):
The Writer’s Almanac for October 3, 2017: Lives of the Great Composers

October 3, 2017: birthday: Gore Vidal

It’s the birthday of American novelist Gore Vidal (books by this author), born Eugene Luther Vidal, in West Point, New York (1925). He’s the author of many novels, including Washington, D.C. (1967) and Duluth: A Novel (1983). His essays were collected as United States: Essays, 1952–1992 (1992). Vidal said, “Style is knowing who you are, what to say, and not giving a damn.”