Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Great Replies: Truman Capote

Author Truman Capote was drinking one evening with friends in a crowded Key West bar when he was recognised by a woman who had a few too many drinks.  She walked over to his table and drunkenly asked him to autograph a paper napkin. The woman's husband became angry at his wife's display of interest in another man.  He also staggered over to Capote's table and assumed an intimidating position directly in front of Capote.  He then unzipped his trousers and, in Capote's own words, "hauled out his equipment." As he did this, he bellowed in a drunken slur, "Since you're autographing things, why don't you autograph this?"  It was a tense moment, and a hush fell over the room.  In the silence, everyone heard Capote in his soft, high-pitched voice say "I don't know if I can autograph it, but perhaps I can initial it."


  1. Hey, I just read about this in Conversations With Capote, by Lawrence Grobel. The woman asked TC to autograph her navel, "like the numerals on a clock", not her napkin. Which makes the husband's reaction somewhat more feasible. But still ridiculous.

  2. Thanks for that. My source said napkin but you are right, navel makes more sense for touching off the husband.