JONAH RASKIN is the author of For the Hell of It: The Life and Times of Abbie Hoffman, American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation, and the editor of The Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution.
The following interview with Gore Vidalwho died on July 31, 2012, and who was a consistent thorn in the side of Americas plutocrats and their politicianstook place in 1985. Thats a long time ago, I realize, but after all these years it still seems timely.
To jump or not to jump is the question that thousands of depressed, suicidal individuals ask themselves on the Golden Gate Bridge. About 1,500 have answered in the affirmative and have leapt to their deaths. Countless others have answered in the negative and walked off the bridge alive. A few take the leap and live to tell the tale.