The disease is "worse than AIDS. It's called the winner's complex," the former Soviet leader said in an ABC News interview. "You want an American-style democracy here [in Russia]. That will not work."
In a Truthdig interview with Sheerly Avni, Gore Vidal weighs in on this year's Academy Awards competition, Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," and Truman Capote's Proust complex.