155. Swimming with The Swans (Alicia’s Version) | Episode Six: Gloves, Talk Shows, Palm Springs, and Studio 54

In this episode, Alicia continues to reveal the behind-the-scenes happenings in real life for Truman Capote and his Swans, against FX/Hulu’s Feud: Truman Capote vs. The Swans. It is to Episode 6 of the series this week where we dip into glove shopping, terrible talk show interviews, and Truman’s time in Palm Springs. 1968 is the year that the air conditioning man comes into his life, with an interesting and heartbreaking time for Capote.

The most significant portion of this episode is dedicated to Studio 54, the hotspot of the late 1970s. We explore its history and Truman’s time there, along with a whole cast of characters recollecting this infamous disco, reaching even into the Carter administration.

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Sources

Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote, edited by Gerald Clarke (Amazon.com)

Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career, by George Plimpton (Amazon.com)

Capote v. Vidal: Richard’s Story (YouTube)

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