An Invented Masterpiece

Jack Shafer tears into Truman Capote for fictionalizing parts of In Cold Blood:

To be generous to Capote, perhaps he was not completely aware of his own inventions. "Truman used to talk about how he never used a tape recorder or notes or anything doing that book," George Plimpton told the New York Times when Capote died in 1984. "But sometimes he said he had 96 percent total recall, and sometimes he said he had 94 percent total recall. He could recall everything, but he could never remember what percentage recall he had."