With my third vinyl selection here in Corporate Hell today, I’m jumping genres once again but keeping with the spoken word theme I just started with the last record. This time I’m opting to listen to an album from my small collection of cheesy Christmas records, ‘A Christmas Memory‘ by Truman Capote.
‘A Christmas Memory’ is a short story by one of America’s most famous novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actors.
First of all, if you haven’t heard of Truman Capote before – shame on you!
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ anyone?
Originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December of 1956, it was reprinted in ‘The Selected Writings of Truman Capote’ in 1963. It was issued in a stand-alone hardcover edition by Random House in 1966, and it has been published in many editions and anthologies since…this United Artists record issued in 1958 included.
The largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930’s, describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator (Buddy) and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.
And what’s the Christmas season without at least one sad story?
Now a holiday classic, this story has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions.