Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hard but fair ...

... to say nothing of accurate: Terry Teachout on Truman Capote. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)


  1. OUCH!

    Had a chance to see and hear Capote in the 1970s, when he spoke at the University of New Mexico, shared some New York gossip, and read from "A Christmas Memory."

    A wonderful evening ..... Terry can have her Truman, and I can have mine.

  2. Oh, Jeff, I think Other Voices, Other Rooms is a masterpiece, and so is "A Christmas Memory." In fact, there is much that I admire and like about Capote. Unfortunately, In Cold Blood proved to be the beginning of the end for him. He had the courage to face down the likes of Perry Smith but folded when faced with the disapproval of vapid socialites. A genuine loss, really, all the more so for having so unnecessary.