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Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Blog, Book Reviews | 0 comments

An Intellectual Lion: Gore Vidal (1925-2012)


Gore Vidal Photo


Like his more recent now deceased contemporaries Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and William F. Buckley and in the mold of great thinkers of yesteryear such as H.L. Mencken, Upton Sinclair, and even Mark Twain, he was a fixture on the intellectual circuit.  He basked in the spotlight in a time when writers were afforded the same celebrity as rock stars.  One colleague pined, “he was the man who knew everyone.”

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Blog, Personal, Travel | 1 comment

Bucharest 1989


Nolan Dalla prior to the Romanian Revolution


This photo was taken in December 1989, just after the Romanian Revolution.  I’m standing In front of the unfinished Casa Republicii (House of the Republic) in Central Bucharest a short time after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu. Casa Republicii, then under construction, was to be the new government center for the Romanian Communist Party. Ceausescu oversaw its construction personally, which essentially bankrupted the nation. It still stands as the world’s largest office building. But he never saw it completed. He was shot by a firing squad on Christmas Day in 1989.

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