I want to include a certain quote in a non-bloggy thing that I'm scribbling. The quote is this:"Of all my fictional creations, Richard Nixon is the most nearly autonomous." -- Gore Vidal.
The trouble is, I'm not sure that those are the exact words. I can't recall where Vidal said it -- I think it was in a Nation
essay published in the late 1980s. Maybe Esquire
. The internet contains no trace of this quote, and I can't find it in the Vidal books on my shelves.
Did Vidal actually say those words, or has memory played one of its pranks? Does anyone else recall this quote?