April 12, 2005

Capsule Reviews: A friend writes:

Just read Gore Vidal's memoir, Palimpsest.

Can be summed up as, "I had lunch with every famous person you ever heard of. They were dull, egotistical, and duplicitous. They also had homosexual tendencies."

However, there is an interesting section on Vidal genealogy near the end. The Vidals were Catholics from South Dakota with Austrian/Swiss/Romansch roots. After some research it turns out that the Vidals may have been converted Jews. Such families practiced Christianity but continued, for centuries, to marry only among themselves (i.e., other converted families), or so he says.

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