Saturday, July 26, 2014

Quote of the Day (Truman Capote, on ‘Reflected Reality’)

“Reflected reality is the essence of reality, the truer truth. When I was a child I played a pictorial game. I would, for example, observe a landscape: trees and clouds and horses wandering in grass; then select a detail from the overall vision–say, grass being in the breeze–and frame it with my hands. Now this detail became the essence of the landscape and caught, in prismatic miniature, the true atmosphere of a panorama too sizable to encompass otherwise….All art is composed of selected detail, either imaginary or…a distillation of reality.” —Truman Capote (1924-1984), “Ghosts in Sunlight: The Filming of In Cold Blood” (1967), in Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote (2007)

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