WARHOLCAPOTE: A Non-Fiction Invention
I had forgotten how much fun it is to read plays. The author, Rob Roth, has created quite a diversion in this new two-man dialogue. The play is based on real recordings from the Warhol repository between two giants of the culture. I could distinctly hear their voices in this piece.
It brings no further understanding of these two great men; rather, it is a casual conversation between them. Warhol, being the younger, was a great fan and admirer of Capote. He had to be asked not to write or show up on Capote’s doorstop since his attentions were constant.
The recordings made by Warhol began in 1978 and continued up to Capote’s death in 1984. In them, the admiration and respect held by Warhol for Capote is evident. Apparently, the recordings were made to be developed into a play by the two artists. They dwell on many such money-making schemes.
There is bonus material in the appendix of this book of other recordings. There is also a glossary, which seems designed for those readers who were not yet aware of cultural icons of the 1980s. This is a fun read.
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