Gore Vidal: Literary feuds, his ‘vicious’ mother and rumours of a secret love child

From The Independent:

“Norman Mailer?” [Vidal once characterised Mailer, Henry Miller and Charles Manson as brother chauvinists who should be collectively referred to as M3.]

“Mailer feuded with me. I knew Norman’s syndrome. If I was on the cover of Time and he wasn’t, my God he would be insulting me in the press. He couldn’t stop. He lived for his little swig of PR.”

“Truman Capote?”

“Capote I truly loathed. The way you might loathe an animal. A filthy animal that has found its way into the house.”

“What was Capote doing that you didn’t like?” “Lying,” Vidal shouts. “The one thing I hate most on this earth. Which is why I do not have a friendly time with journalists.”

RIP Alexander Courage

From Space.com:

LOS ANGELES — Alexander “Sandy” Courage, an Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated arranger, orchestrator and composer who created the otherworldly theme for the classic “Star Trek” TV show, has died. He was 88.

Courage died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, his stepdaughter Renata Pompelli of Los Angeles, said Thursday. He had been in poor health for three years.

Over a decades-long career, Courage collaborated on dozens of movies and orchestrated some of the greatest musicals of the 1950s and 1960s, including “My Fair Lady,” “Hello, Dolly!” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Gigi,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

But his most famous work is undoubtedly the “Star Trek” theme, which he composed, arranged and conducted in a week in 1965.

There’s a documentary on YouTube about Alexander Courage in four parts. Here’s part 2 with John Williams discussing his collaborations with Courage:

The Quest For Every Beard Type

One man’s attempt to sport every beard type. And that includes the hitler stache.

I’ve been growing a beard every winter for some years now, and every spring, I try to see how many facial hair variations as I can check off from the chart of facial hair types. Listed below are descriptions of the 34 facial hair types from the chart, including examples of the 19 24 variations that I’ve been able to attain so far.