“You have placed your services at the disposal of interests who are turning America into a police state . . .”

. . . by the simple device of deliberately fostering the conditions that give rise to criminality and then demanding increased police powers and the retention of capital punishment to deal with the situation they have created. You have betrayed and sold out the talent that was granted you by this department. That talent is now officially withdrawn. Enjoy your dirty money. You will never have anything else. You will never write another sentence above the level of In Cold Blood. As a writer you are finished. Over and out. Are you tracking me? Know who I am? You know me, Truman. You have known me for a long time. This is my last visit.”

— William S. Burroughs to Truman Capote, on the publication of In Cold Blood.

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3 Responses to “You have placed your services at the disposal of interests who are turning America into a police state . . .”

  1. pt dismal says:

    i heart wsb. don’t think any of his novels were ever serialized in the new yorker…

    ptd

  2. pt dismal says:

    that isn’t a wish–it’s a prophecy. that’s what makes wsb so killer.

    ptd

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