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Before Truman Capote, journalism and non-fiction weren’t taken very seriously.
– Gerald Clarke
I don’t think Capote loved Smith. But he did make a deep connection. It upset some people, because that had never been the approach to journalistic crime writing, to look into the mind of the killer.
His theory was that non-fiction could be as artful as fiction.
In the writing of memoirs, as in the production of shows, too much caution causes the audience to nod and think of other channels.