i think barack obama IS the reason we could have a dictatorship soon and while i have negative feelings about vidal's politics, attitudes about underage rape victims, and most recent output, i couldn't have done without "myra breckinridge" and "julian" in high school.
if you love movies- real movies, old movies- and think patriarchy and islamo-judeo-christian hate values surrounding sex, gheys, and females are expressions of fascism (perhaps the wellsprings of tyranny in all forms)read myra breckinridge. avoid the film. just, as a favor to yourself, avoid the film.
never has an atheist so eloquently advocated for paganism as in "Julian". i read, i saw, i am still a pagan. ( and thank you robert graves...how could i forget you?)
excluding music, my coming of age was all about "julian", "myra breckinridge", hermann hesse, the northern renaissance, kenneth anger, silent films and reading "hollywood babylon" endlessly. the last of which got me labelled as "potentially homicidal" in the nut house. the oppressor classes, those meant to enforce conformity, never do, never did get high camp. camp just registers one's awareness somewhat over the pointed heads of normal nice society approved sociopaths who get off on or just pay the mortgage through forcing compliance upon the aware. if one is self preserving and properly aware, one should be thinking at times about homicide- but not, as a rule, acting on such thoughts. sadly, when one is young this evolving awareness is more likely to move someone to kill themselves. it's the terminally, purposely unaware who are most likely to kill someone else without cause, prompting, or reason- out of their own twisted narcissism.
and, anyway, see how well i turned out! i've neither killed myself, which was a very real possibility for some time, and i have never killed anyone else no matter how richly they may have deserved it, no matter what comfort, joy, and good it could have brought to society. at the very least, i can detect a nasty piece of tyrannical narcissism, , cynical racism, and unchecked female and gay loathing no matter what its skin color, despite what platitudes dribble out of its hope and changey arugula hole. obama is the smarmy celebtard-a-ton vidal endlessly warns of in his historical novels- the one who could over take and plunge america into a dictatorship. vidal was too partsan to recognize the beast he and the founders most feared but, at least, he had the smidgeon of awareness left to publicly admit obama was a mistake.
"The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved — Judaism, Christianity, Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal — God is the Omnipotent Father — hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates. The sky-god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is in place not for just one tribe but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose."
-Gore Vidal,"America First? America Last? America at Last?", Lowell Lecture, Harvard University (20 April 1992)
"At least when the Emperor Justinian, a sky-god man, decided to outlaw sodomy, he had to come up with a good practical reason, which he did. It is well known, Justinian declared, that buggery is a principal cause of earthquakes, and so must be prohibited. But our sky-godders, always eager to hate, still quote Leviticus, as if that looney text had anything useful to say about anything except, perhaps, the inadvisability of eating shellfish in the Jerusalem area."
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012