We lost E. Howard Hunt recently. One of the architects of the Watergate scandal, Hunt leaves his own small footprint on the Internet, including this Imbd page to mark his passing. Hunt once told Who's Who that he was a movie script-writer for the military signal core during the Big War. And Hunt sold his novel Bimini Run to Warner Brothers, if you believe Wikipedia. And you shouldn't, according to Gore Vidal himself. (And let me make this perfectly clear, gamers, Hunt's Bimini Run is not to be confused with this cyber-antique.) For $3, payable to the New York Review of Books, you can evaluate Hunt's skills as a writer, with crib notes by Vidal. That great artist of malice grouses about how Hunt got a Guggenheim, and both he and the doubly bio-pic'd Truman Capote were both turned down for the grants.

Revenging himself, Vidal claims that Hunt couldn't get arrested in Hollywood ("Not even Universal would touch him," V. quotes MGM's Leonard Spigelgass.) Being Vidal, he includes a sample from the late Hunt's 1944 novel Limit of Darkness. which we include for the benefit and instruction of budding writers: "Oh, Ben, if it only would stop.' She put her face into the hollow of his shoulder. 'No,' he said.... 'We haven't killed enough of them yet or burned their cities or bombed them to hell the way we must. When I put away my wings I want it to be for good -- not just for a few years.' " Moreover, there's a very covert reference to Hunt's Central American affairs in the hush-mouthed The Good Shepherd, in the passage about overthrowing the Central American president.
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