February 9, 2010

Havanas in Camelot
William Styron

Light Up – This delightful collection of sweet-hearted essays from the late, great William Styron includes recollections of Truman Capote, James Baldwin, John F. Kennedy and Francois Mitterrand as well as a tour de force – “Transcontinental with Tex,” which originally appeared in the Spring 1996 edition of The Paris Review. This is one hell of an entertaining yarn in which Terry Southern, and William and Rose Styron visit Nelson Algren in Chicago, only to have the great Chicago writer abandon them inside Cook County Jail. “I was always very fond on Nelson,” Styron notes, “but I always thought he was half crazy.”


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