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Image BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (Excerpt from Novella)
by Truman Capote

I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods. For instance, there is a brownstone in the East Seventies where, during the early years of the war, I had my first New York apartment. It was one room crowded with attic furniture, a sofa and fat chairs upholstered in that itchy, particular red velvet that one associates with hot days on a train. The walls were stucco, and a color rather like tobacco spit. Everywhere, in the bathroom too, there were prints of Roman ruins freckled brown with age. The single window looked out on a fire escape. Even so, my spirits heightened whenever I felt in my pocket the key to this apartment; with all its gloom, it still was a place of my own, the first, and my books were there, and jars of pencils to sharpen, everything I needed, so I felt, to become the writer I wanted to be. 

Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation. He writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm.”


ImageIn the photo above, Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) reads BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S by Truman Capote in episode 12 (“War of the Coprophages”) of the third season of THE X-FILES (original air date: January 5, 1996). Scully/Anderson’s choice of reading material was an in-joke that referenced an appearance by David Duchovny (Agent Fox Mulder) on CELEBRITY JEOPARDY in 1995, when he made a huge wager during Final Jeopardy, missed a question related to BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S — and lost to Stephen King. (For the record, the Final Jeopardy question was: “What was the store that on March 24, 1994 held a breakfast to announce the new Truman Capote literary trust?”)

Agent Scully reads an edition of Capote’s novella released by Vintage International in 1993.  (I love this cover — gorgeous and perfect for the book, one of my all-time favorites.) Find a copy of this edition on ebay.

Congratulations to Gerald Locklin, whose poetry appeared in the recent Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology, on the Spout Hill Press release of three novellas — The Bear Trilogy.

As noted on the publisher’s website, Spout Hill Press “is dedicated to the beauty and elegance that can be found only in the novella…Our mission is to publish the best novellas we read, whether they are from long-established writers or those who are new to the field.”

Here’s a description of the three Locklin books from the Spout Hill Press website:


The Case of the Missing Blue Volkswagen is Gerald Locklin’s classic post-modern epic of Los Angeles and gumshoe detectives. At once homage and spoof, the novella follows Bear, a private detective, as he searches for the eponymous blue Volkswagen through the meanest streets of the West Coast and into a more dangerous world, his subconscious. The novella is at once a comedy, a discussion of the detective genre, and a look into the various cultures and subcultures of the 1970s. (Available at


Come Back, Bear is Gerald Locklin’s long awaited sequel to The Case of the Missing Blue Volkswagen.  Where Locklin explored the subconscious and the idea of the detective novel in the first novella of the series, here he delves into the Western novel and the idea of loyalty. Locklin is at his best here as he becomes irreverent in his relationships, his love of the classic cowboy novel, and his view of America. (Available at


Last Tango in Long Beach completes Gerald Locklin’s trilogy of post-modern novellas that began with The Case of the Missing Blue Volkswagen and continued with Come Back, Bear. In this final story, Locklin explores the 1970s sex drama but backs away from his classic humor to take an inside look at the politics of a real couple. It takes a painfully accurate view of the way life can be in the long run even with people who love each other. (Available at

Gerald Locklin‘s poetry will appear in the upcoming Silver Birch Press Green Anthology — scheduled for a March 15 release (just in time for St. Patrick’s Day).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gerald Locklin has published fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews prolifically in periodicals and in over a hundred and fifty books, chapbooks, and broadsides. Recent or upcoming books include a fiction e-Book, The Sun Also Rises in the Desert, from Mendicant Bookworks, a collection of poems from 2008-present from PRESA Press, three simultaneously released novellas from Spout Press, a new edition of Gerald Locklin:  New and Selected Poems from Silver Birch Press (formerly from World Parade Books), and a French collection of his prose, Candy Bars: Le Dernier des Damnes, due May 7, 2013, from 13e Note Press, Paris. Event Horizon Press released new editions of A Simpler Time, A Simpler Place and Hemingway Colloquium:  The Poet Goes to Cuba in 2011; Coagula Press released the first of two volumes of his Complete Coagula Poems; and From a Male Perspective appeared from PRESA Press.


“If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.” JOHN STEINBECK

Illustration: 1937 first-edition cover of OF MICE AND MEN.