Faith seeking understanding #061: Fantasizing about becoming Gore Vidal

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

I have decided, when I grow up, to be Gore Vidal. I think there is still time. I just finished reading the first chapter of his Palimpsest: A Memoir, and I fell in love with its language and breezy tone. Of course, I need to figure out how to meet and gather stories on hundreds of famous and wealthy people… well, I can dream. At least I can aspire to write with similar acerbic tone and flair at some point if I study him well. Which should be easy to do, given how enjoyable I find his prose.

I suppose I should be grateful that I did not read his memoir until I had attained some age (if not maturity) myself. The romance of life evoked by Vidal seems as potentially corrupting as Oscar Wilde. And I was, for most of my life, heartily desirous of corruption.

But I am safe from all that, now, and can aspire to the pleasures of later life: remembering the pleasures and aspirations of my youth and middle age with panache and élan.

Wish me luck!

Thank you for your time and attention.
I’d love to know your thoughts on what you’ve read.
Please comment, below, or email me at joncarllewis@gmail.com.
May God richly bless you on your journey.

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Faith seeking understanding #061: Fantasizing about becoming Gore Vidal

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