Posted by Nick Curley
In each volume of his bound-to-be-award-winning series “The Greatest Books I’ve Never Read”, avid procrastinator and V1 editor Nick Curley profiles a renowned tome of fiction that, for a variety of reasons, he has not gotten around to completing during his tenure on this earth. In other words: an almost entirely uninformed book review. This series aims to be confessional, cathartic, and as embarrassing as possible. It is an inquiry into non-reading where reading should have been: a descent into the illiterate soul. Join him in our shared, faux-bookish plight: we are in this together, and he is dying for your sins.
THIS WEEK’S ADVENTURE: On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Viking, 1957)
Posted by Jason Diamond
Megan Wilson has been called upon to redesign covers for some of Truman Capote’s most iconic books by Vintage International.
A roundup of things consumed by our editors.
Ann Beattie’s Mrs. Nixon was my company when I waited in line at the DMV in Herald Square for two hours yesterday, trying to get my drivers license for the first time in New York. Even though I’d had a DL in another state for ten years, since I didn’t renew, I’m a new driver in the eyes of Governor Cuomo. That means I get to go through the entire process I went through when I was sixteen all over again. Continue reading
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Posted by Jason Diamond
Truman Streckfus Persons was born on this day in 1924 in New Orleans. Here is some of the video evidence we could find on the existence of his life. Continue reading
In an effort to “scoop” everybody on all three of these breaking stories, we figured it would be wise to lump all of them into one post. Continue reading
Long before his role in Annie Hall, Truman Capote was a famous writer.
Listen:Truman Capote at 92Y, April 7th, 1963
In response to a new West End, London production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which portrays iconic Holly Golightly as a prostitute, straight up and unambiguously, Book Bench has posted part of a 1968 Playboy interview with Truman Capote on the subject.
Capote: Holly Golightly was not precisely a callgirl. She had no job, but accompanied expense-account men to the best restaurants and night clubs, with the understanding that her escort was obligated to give her some sort of gift, perhaps jewelry or a check … if she felt like it, she might take her escort home for the night. So these girls are the authentic American geishas, and they’re much more prevalent now than in 1943 or 1944, which was Holly’s era.
It seems to me Golightly’s status was always just how Capote explained it. Whether or not she was a prostitute comes down more to a question of personal definition (as so many things do) than a definitive “yes” or “no.” Honestly I never loved the movie, despite that as a girl I adored Audrey Hepburn (as so many of us did).
In the interview, Capote also addresses, naturally, the question of Golightly’s sexuality. (She was not a “Lesbian,” if you were wondering.)