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June 12, 2006 [ More archived home pages here ]

The Capote Constituent


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Today's song is A Day In The Life by The Beatles, released in 1967.

Saturday night I watched the DVD movie of Capote. The idea that writing a book could have such a traumatic effect on Truman Capote captivated my attention. I find that the process of writing my own book is changing me too. At times I become intensely empathetic to some of the people that affected me deeply in my life. For one person in particular, I feel I now understand that person very well for who they were at the time.

That insight will hopefully help me write a better story especially as the book transitions from the basic foundations to the lessons learned. There is a lot of emotion in the developing of the story and makes the telling of those lessons worthwhile.

Those emotions evoked can become quite complex, almost as complex as they were long ago. I am careful to not let the thoughts and feelings overwhelm my judgement. The passage of time makes everything remote. Only the most salient emotions are left behind, as artifacts of what once was real. I hope to capture correctly those experiences and perspectives in print.

One of my friends has previously cautioned me about reviewing my memories and trying to "make them right" using current knowledge and wisdom about life. I agree that the past remains static, only the perception of what happened can change.

Truman Capote invested all of his being into the writing of his book, In Cold Blood. He spent several years in research and interviews before completing his work. Truman developed a complex relationship with the subjects of his story. I think he either lost himself in that project, or perhaps, he found himself. I wonder if that was what he was really after? That book brought him initial success, but in the end it brought him failure, unable to reconcile with the emotions and insights revealed throughout the journey.

Truman Capote, like many other successful people had problems coping with the revelations they exposed. Maybe they didn't pay enough attention to their inner-calling when they needed to stop and reflect on what they were really doing to themselves through their work? That is a question I ask myself now and then and will continue to do so.

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I watched the Mexico vs. Iran World Cup competition. It was an exciting match during the last twenty minutes of that game. Soccer is so much more popular outside of the United States. Maybe someday that sport will be as popular here as it is in the rest of the world.

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My Sensei, John Venson, sent me a PowerPoint presentation expressing Good Karma. Apparently the author is unknown but wishes to have his/her words perpetuated across the Internet. With so many good things happening in my life lately, I couldn't refuse publishing it here.

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If you are interested in photography, here are three links I found of value to me:

Don


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