I asked him once if he enjoyed taking acting roles, and he said, "God, anything not to write." That's what he was driven to do and would do. Every morning, no matter what, no matter what had transpired the night before, you'd hear the Olivetti hammering something out. By 9, 10 o'clock, it would start clicking away.
He was very proud of a picture he had taken with Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut that was in Vanity Fair. Contrary to popular belief, he had great affection for them. He would say things, like about Mailer, that there were things only Mailer could write. And the same about Vonnegut. He was very generous, actually, about all of them in private. But all those guys were incredibly competitive. I've just been looking through inscriptions in Gore's books, and there are notes from Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden that are really affectionate toward Gore, like older brothers.
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