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Who but Truman Capote would dare to say that about (among many, many others) Jacqueline Onassis, Norman Mailer, Montgomery Clift, André Gide, Marilyn Monroe, Lee Radziwill, Tennessee Williams, J. D. Salinger, Gore Vidal, and Elizabeth Taylor? Equally pointed is Capote's talk about himself-his childhood and early fame, his bouts with drugs and alcohol, his homosexuality, hi...more
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Published July 6th 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published 1985)
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Cathy DuPont
Truman Capote (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) was hired as a copyboy in the art department of The New Yorker at the age of 19 and was fired two years later. To me what came as a surprise was that he began writing at the age of 11, and that fact that he was so young when hired at The New Yorker.

This book was on my Kindle (I know, wrong edition, but liked picture) and I picked up from time to time between reading other books, so it took me a while to finish. Good thing, too, because it got...more
Lobstergirl
Feb 08, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Marius van Blerck
Truman Capote gave free rein to his gossipy id in these conversations with Lawrence Grobel. Thus we learn that Greta Garbo hung two of her four Picassos upside down (allegedly), Adlai Stevenson was a very good friend (they lived together in London, allegedly), he loathed Jacqueline Onassis, and felt nothing but scorn for the work of Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Gore Vidal, Jack Kerouac, and Bernard Malamud, just to mention a few. Joyce Carol Oates (what she did to deserve it, I have no idea) comes...more
Sketchbook
Count on Capote to upset your equilibrium. Brilliant, outrageous and maybe a fantasist. We constantly hear, "Everyone has a right to his-her opinion." Perhaps, but very few have opines worth listening to. With Capote, you want to listen. In this entertaining 'conversation' he touches on everything from fame & sex to drugs & death. A friend often asks me, "Does soanso have an interesting mind?" Again, few do. Capote has a very interesting mind. On writers, some of his likes and dislikes:

A...more
Aric Cushing
A strange, long discussion with Capote answering a variety of questions on his work, life, ethics, etc. Whomever is a Capote fanatic, will undoubtedly eat this up. I did.
Sogorb
Tuve que ver quién era Grobel cuando me encontré con este libro. Me sentí bastante ignorante cuando, siendo yo estudiante de Periodismo, vi que es "toda una celebridad en el género de la entrevista" y que ha llegado a ser considerado "The Interviewer's Interviewer" por la revista Playboy (de hecho, viendo sus libros publicados me apunté otro: Conversaciones íntimas con Al Pacino). Así pues, no dudé en comprarlo: un maestro de la entrevista conversando con uno de los fundadores más brillantes del...more
Lee Sutter
I'm fascinated with Capote, so found this intriguing. The interviews and conversations took place over a long period of time in various locations.
Realized I don't care much for Capote as a person, for his sensibilities, interests. Very opinionated, snobby, nasty, mean, superficial. Sad to see what became of the sweet boy we saw in his lovely books about his childhood.
Shocked how, when asked about John Barth and Issac Bashevis Singer said he didn't know their work. We were in disagreement about...more
Laura
Grobel is a great interviewer, and his extended interview here (I seem to recall that it was actually a series of interviews) shows his abilities in full flower. Capote comes off as flawed, to say the least, but he's in rare form throughout and it makes for riveting reading. I'd say this book is a must for Capote's fans.
Caree
This was my first introduction to Capote. His other material is on my to read list. It gave a glimpse of what it would have been like to be a famous author in the 40's through the 80's and who's who in that period. He seems like an interesting but ridiculous person.
Lynda Kelly
I mostly know what I do of Truman Capote through my Kennedy readings. I have In Cold Blood but I much preferred Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song which wouldn't please him in the least. True, though....
This was an interesting book, although I expected it to have more bitchiness in it than it does.There were some laugh-out-loud moments along with my gasping in horror at some of the things he said about others ! I liked that his list of despicable people ran to around four thousand ! I defini...more
Lynn
Loved this format for a biography!
Alan
“I am a homosexual. I am a drug addict. I am a genius.” —Truman Capote

Between July, 1982 and August 1984, writer Lawrence Grobel recorded many interview sessions with Truman Capote for what they both agreed would be the definitive in-depth interview with the great writer. This book is the remarkable result of those conversations. As startling, candid, and controversial as the man himself, these interviews have become a key part of the Capote legacy.

I have always been enchanted by Capote’s storie...more
Cherei
I have never read any of Capote's books... but, I do recall that he was always in the news when I was younger. So, when I saw this book come available on kindle.. thought.. I'd give it a read. I'd recently seen the movie about Capote researching and writing, "In Cold Blood" and wanted to read more about him.

This book! WOW!! It truly is in conversational form. The author sat down and talked to Capote on numerous visits. Asking rather intimate questions.. and much to the surprise of the author.. C...more
David Jay
This book was a hoot and a half, literary gossip at its best. Grobel had repeated interviews with Capote over the last two years of his life and the book is set up in Q & A format, which works wonderfully; it feels like the best kind of eavesdropping. I'm a fan of Capote's writing and fascinated by him as a person and this book paints him as a grade A hateful, crazy bey-otch!! Perfect summer reading for a fan of dishy literary biographies...
Alex Bledsoe
Lawrence Grobel does a great interview here, but Capote comes across as a total *ass.* It's impossible for a man who died at 59 to have been "good friends" with everyone he claims, and his self-absorption is total. I almost wish for an annotated edition, giving objective accounts of some of these events, because by the time I finished, I no longer trusted Capote's view of anything.
Tim
Grobel is a great admirer of Capote, and has assembled a series of interviews with him, under fairly adverse conditions, which reward his effort.

I highly recommend this book. One of the more memorable observations by Grobel is that, one on one, in person, Capote has a rather deep and, dare I say, masculine, voice. Such are his observations on this great writer.
Debbie
This was a great read - full of surprises. In his interviews with Grobel, Capote shared much about his life. Through his comments, laced with humor and sadness, on his contemporaries and their work, and his insights into the art of writing, his sharp wit and character are revealed. I was captivated by it.
Joanne
In the epilogue of this interesting book, Capote responds to the reaction of some people he had thinly disguised in the published chapters of "Answered Prayers."
"I can't understand why everybody's so upset. What do they think they had around them, a court jester ? They had a writer."
Tony
Sep 01, 2008 Tony is currently reading it
Interviews with the tiny genius. Highly entertaining, filled with gossip and revenge. Look up "outrageous" in the dictionary and perhaps this book will pop into view...
Linda
Good read.I read this quite awhile ago but will definetly read it again.
Kendall
This is a fascinating book. It just sucked me right through.
Shelley
Jul 01, 2011 Shelley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans
Capote's sharp tongue made for an entertaining summer read.
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