He did have sex with him; he called him a crypto-Nazi, not crypto-fascist; and he wasn't related to Al Gore. The corrections on the New York Times' Gore Vidal obituary are so perfectly Vidal. The Times' posted their four page Vidal obituary late last night after the news of his death was announced on his website (and caused it to crash). Apparently they made a few mistakes, but they might be the funniest mistakes attached to an obituary, ever, and they fit so well with the stories we've heard about Vidal. They were first brought to our attention by the Times' Michael Roston, who called them "epic," and after reading we were inclined to agree. Take it away, Times:
An earlier version misstated the term Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. in a television appearance during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It was crypto-Nazi, not crypto-fascist. It also described incorrectly Mr. Vidal’s connection with former Vice President Al Gore. Although Mr. Vidal frequently referred jokingly to Mr. Gore as his cousin, they were not related. And Mr. Vidal’s relationship with his longtime live-in companion, Howard Austen, was also described incorrectly. According to Mr. Vidal’s memoir “Palimpsest,” they had sex the night they met, but did not sleep together after they began living together. It was not true that they never had sex.