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.