2 weeks ago
You'll be happy to know that I got kicked out of a store in Omaha when I tried to photograph a sign that said "No photos allowed". The combined irony was delicious. Sadly, I was tossed before I got the photo.
I submit the entirety of In Cold Blood. Capote's abusive quotation markage is astonishing. Just look at this abomination from the first chapter:
Mr. Clutter liked Bobby, and considered him, for a boy his age, which was seventeen, most dependable and gentlemanly; however, in the three years she had been permitted "dates," Nancy, popular and pretty as she was, had never gone out with anyone else, and while Mr. Clutter understood that it was the present national adolescent custom to form couples, to "go steady" and wear "engagement rings," he disapproved, particularly since he had not long ago, by accident, surprised his daughter and the Rupp boy kissing. He had then suggested that Nancy discontinue "seeing so much of Bobby," advising her that a slow retreat now would hurt less than an abrupt severance later -- for, as he reminded her, it was a parting that must eventually take place.
And you know those are not tiny excerpts from direct quotes, because Mr. Clutter is DEAD!
I want to claw my eyes out, but I've made it through more than 100 pages and by god I'm going to see those bastards hanged.