September 30, 2010

le fete de l’imagination: Truman Capote


Today we’re celebrating the birth of a very eccentric southern fellow (is there any other kind?). Mr. Truman Capote (born Truman Streckfus Persons) was a New Orleans native who grew up hopping all over the south, staying with assorted relatives and kinfolk. His childhood self inspired the character of Dill in friend Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. He is best known for his nonfiction novel In Cold Blood as well as the story whose film  made Audrey Hepburn an icon (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). He also hosted the first ever “Black & White Ball” at the Plaza Hotel in New York… now a legendary event.

To set the scene for our little make-believe soiree…

apalachicola house{the place: Apalachicola, Fl…the quaintest of southern hamlets}

gourmet01  {the fare: rustic earthy flavors perfect for fall}

birdcake{the cake: sinfully sweet}

Recently Updated2{the loot: a classic toggle coat and scarf for those nippy nights & a stylish pencil sharpener for his desk}

truman capote quote

pencil photo

I’m sure if Mr. Capote (who would be 86) were still with us, he’d be just as bizarre as he ever was…and I mean that as a compliment because  in the south, it’s what we aspire to be! Happy Birthday Truman Capote! You won’t be forgotten.


  1. I cannot remember what story it was from, but there is a part i always remember about making fruit cake and then making the cake drunk! I always think of him when I inebriate our Christmas delights with apricot brandy! I tip my hat to your bizarre Mr. Capote! ;-)

  2. Here, here! Happy Birthday Truman! He was a lovely picture of a colorful southern, stylish and classy in everything he did. Inspiring all to own our odd idiosyncrasies.

  3. Did NOT know that about Dill. So cool.

  4. Oops! I think it was " A Christmas Memory"!

  5. I JUST watched Breakfast at Tiffany's two nights ago. Perfect timing! I love that top photo.

  6. As they say, "Be who you are....everyone else is taken". Glad Truman was just being his eccentric self! What a talent.

  7. I love how the south cherishes eccentrics!

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