Truman Capote's 'A Christmas Memory'

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This American Life, December 19, 2003 · Hear the 1959 original recording of Truman Capote reading his holiday story, A Christmas Memory, and sounding eerily reminiscent of David Sedaris. (The Capote reading occurs in the 21st minute of this broadcast file.)

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L. Michelle, who listens to WCAI/WNAN in Cape Cod, Mass.:

"I am so thankful to have heard a rebroadcast of Truman Capote's "A Chistmas Memory" on This American Life. My husband and I live on Cape Cod, and were out for a weekend drive when the piece was aired. We were about halfway to Orleans and well into the story when the signal began to fade. Quickly we turned off the Mid-Cape Highway and found a spot to park in the post office lot near Exit 9.

We had to try three different parking slots to find the best reception. Capote's wonderful presentation and fabulous descriptions of much cherished moments in a long past era kept us both enthralled. By the end, we were both in tears. I remember that we sat for a few minutes afterward, just watching folks bustling in and out of the local market on the other side of the parking lot, their bags bulging with ingredients for their special holiday dishes."

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