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R.I.P. Michael Herr

War journalist and screenwriter Michael Herr has died at the age of 76. His Dispatches, the classic of war journalism and so influential you can’t even measure it, is on most Best Nonfiction Books of All Time worth their salt. … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been on the move. Out in LA for 6 days, staying first with Alex and Chrisanne, and then checking into the Hotel California with my mother and two sisters. There was no pink champagne on ice, and we were … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrims’ Progress” – (Mark Twain)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction (even though this isn’t Fiction at all, but I wanted to keep him filed with the rest of his books): The Innocents Abroad: or, The New Pilgrims’ Progress, by Mark Twain Okay, so I know … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Ritz Of The Bayou – The New Orleans Adventures Of A Young Novelist Covering The Trials Of The Governor Of Louisiana, with digressions on smoldering nightclubs, jazz-crazed bars, and other aspects of life in the tropic zone” (Nancy Lemann)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: (although this book is actually reportage – oh, well) The Ritz Of The Bayou – The New Orleans Adventures Of A Young Novelist Covering The Trials Of The Governor Of Louisiana, with digressions on smoldering … Continue reading

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The Books: “Music for Chameleons” – ‘Nocturnal Turnings, or How Siamese Twins Have Sex’ (Truman Capote)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction (although Capote’s stuff walks the line with nonfiction): Music for Chameleons – by Truman Capote. Today’s excerpt is from ‘Nocturnal Turnings, or How Siamese Twins Have Sex’. This is the final piece in Music for … Continue reading

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The Books: “Music for Chameleons” – ‘A Beautiful Child’ (Truman Capote)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction (although Capote’s stuff walks the line with nonfiction): Music for Chameleons – by Truman Capote. Today’s excerpt is from ‘A Beautiful Child’. This is perhaps the most famous of these little transcripts. 1955. Marilyn Monroe … Continue reading

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The Books: “Music for Chameleons” – ‘Then It All Came Down’ (Truman Capote)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction (although Capote’s stuff walks the line with nonfiction): Music for Chameleons – by Truman Capote. Today’s excerpt is from ‘Then It All Came Down’. This is another transcription of a conversation Capote had, and it’s … Continue reading

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The Books: “Music for Chameleons” – ‘Hidden Gardens’ (Truman Capote)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Music for Chameleons – by Truman Capote. Today’s excerpt is from ‘Hidden Gardens’. This is another transcription of a conversation Capote had – this one takes place in New Orleans in 1979. He runs into … Continue reading

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The Books: “Music for Chameleons” – ‘A Day’s Work’ (Truman Capote)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Music for Chameleons – by Truman Capote. Today’s excerpt is from ‘A Day’s Work’. In 1979 Truman Capote spends the day hanging out with Mary Sanchez – a professional cleaning woman who has worked for … Continue reading

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The Books: “Music for Chameleons” – ‘Handcarved Coffins: A Nonfiction Account of an American Crime’ (Truman Capote)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Music for Chameleons – by Truman Capote. Today’s excerpt is from a story called ‘Handcarved Coffins: A Nonfiction Account of an American Crime’. An interesting story – not sure what is real or not – … Continue reading

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