Why is it no one ever told me about Truman Capote before?
Oh, I’d heard his name here and there but never in any context that would interest me. Just this past year I’ve discovered his works and I’m completely enthralled. And he’s a local boy, too! (Well, from Alabama. But that’s close enough).
I bought In Cold Blood and am utterly obsessed with it. Even things that you wouldn’t think would be interesting – like Capote lingering for half a page over Perry and Dick’s tattoos – are fascinating. I kept going back and rereading bits and pieces for weeks afterward. And I’ll never pick up a hitchhiker, that’s for sure! I also love Capote’s short stories and novelettes, House of Flowers especially, but I liked Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I didn’t think I would. I got a book with a compilation of his interviews, including one with Bobby Beausoleil of the Manson Family, and it’s all great. I’ve been trying to find some other Capote fans, but haven’t had much success or in converting others, but I badly need someone to squee with.