Once again it is my sad duty to make the passing of a significant figure in film. This time it's Gore Vidal, the maverick author, playwright and social commentator, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86.
Vidal was a controversial figure, and like his contemporary Truman Capote, he was never out of the limelight. During the 1968 presidential conventions, he was involved in a series of heated debates with the conservative commentator William F. Buckley, resulting in a deep feud lasting more than 40 years. He declared that the Bush administration was so stupid that they "could never have pulled off 9/11 even if they wanted to" and even waded into the ongoing accusations surrounding Roman Polanski (my thoughts on which can be found here).