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Truman Capote: an excerpt

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  Reading George Plimpton's new book on Truman Capote--Truman Capote, In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career--feels like being at a fabulous cocktail party, where the champagne is flowing and the gossip is juicy. Truman brought together the worlds of literature, politics, money, art, fashion, media, and film; in short, he was a locus of celebrity. Written as an "oral biography," the book is about as much fun as one can have between the pages of a book.

For this issue of Bold Type, we feature Truman Capote's Black and White Ball. An excerpt describes what it was like to have attended, told by those envied few who were invited. Look through a gallery of photos from the still-legendary event and check out an interview with author and participatory journalist George Plimpton.

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