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Revisiting Truman Capote’s Tipsy High Times Cover

The arrival of a new book about the colorful 40-year-history of High Times magazine is refocusing attention on some of the publication’s most memorable covers.

Tommy Chong, who holds the record for most High Times cover appearances over the years (by a human) at eight, started that run in April 1980 with partner Cheech Marin. The pair were shown reading copies of Fortune and Money.

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Then there’s the December 1978 cover featuring Truman Capote and Andy Warhol, to go along with some crazy, pot-rewritten Christmas carols. As the Warhol Museum recently reminded, the plan was initially for something a little different:

Their photo shoot took place on September 26, 1978, and is detailed in Warhol’s entry that day in his book The Andy Warhol Diaries. As he recounted later that day: “[Toni, from High Times] had a Santa costume for me and a little girl outfit for Truman. But Truman wasn’t in the mood to go into drag, he said that he was already dressed like a little boy. Truman was really drunk, hugging around.”

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In Memoriam: Old School Newspaper Man Bob Greer

The passing over the weekend at age 88 of veteran journalist Bob Greer has given Beccy Tanner, a reporter with the Wichita Eagle, cause to remember a bygone era of print journalism.

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In the 1960s, Greer (pictured above, right) covered the case that Truman Capote would later famously chronicle in the groundbreaking tome In Cold Blood. His family survived during The Great Depression by selling peaches door-to-door(!) and he was very proud of never having had anything to do with the era of page views, unique visitors and alternate Web headlines:

Greer possessively hung on to three manual typewriters, in case one or two would be in a state of repair, and avidly embraced his hunt-and-peck method of typing stories and scratching story ideas on napkins until the last few months of his life. He would brag to friends he didn’t know how to turn on a computer…

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Capote’s In Cold Blood May Be Banned by Glendale School Board

Nearly fifty years after it was written, Truman Capote‘s In Cold Blood is apparently too much for high school students–at least according to a significant portion of the Glendale school system’s Secondary Education Council. Board members are in an uproar over the potential inclusion of the book in Glendale high’s 11th grade advanced placement English curriculum.

“I think ‘chilling’ is far too benign a word to use,” school board member Mary Boger told the Glendale News-Press of the book.

God forbid smart kids read something “chilling.” Or beyond “chilling” even. Maybe they should just watch Teletubbies all day instead.

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Art.Write.Now. Exhibition Coming to Pasadena

Art.Write.Now., a traveling exhibition of the works of winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will make its debut in Pasadena next month. Local students Lachlan Turczan, 17 (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts); Isabel Bennett, 16 (Culver City High School); Juan Correa, 17 (Loyola Academy); and Benjamin Sprung-Keyser, 16 (The Harvard Westlake School) will be honored.

The organization has been giving awards and scholarships to high schoolers for artistic and literary achievement since 1923. And they have a pretty good track record of spotting talent. Past winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards include John Baldessari, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol.

The show is free and opens May 7 at the Lineage Dance Performing Arts Center.

Lunch: Barry Diller, Jeff Zucker & The Magazine Mob

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— DIANE CLEHANE

What recession? The usual power quotient found on any given Wednesday at Michael’s went into overdrive today as the gals at the front desk had so many media moguls, magazine mavens and talking heads lining up to dine and dish today, they had to shoehorn in extra tables all over the dining room. Luckily, I scored some prime real estate for my lunch with my old pal Jeffrey Slonim and new-found friend Bettina Zilkha. Jeffrey and I have stood side by side on many a red carpet over the years and have bonded over the histrionics that goes with covering A-list events. These days Jeffrey is busier than ever as Interview‘s society editor (a prestigious gig once held by Truman Capote!) and Allure‘s special correspondent where he fearlessly asks all those publicity shy celebs questions we all really want to ask (bedtime rituals, what they really eat after parties — that sort of thing). It was nice to see him out in daylight. Bettina was recently named Special Projects Editor for Elle Decor and has a fascinating profile of designer Dennis Basso in this month’s Avenue. We had a lively lunch trading stories about Gotham’s gadflys we all know and love (all off the record, sorry to say). I can’t wait until to our next get together.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Crooner Steve Tyrellwith Frank and Jamie McCord (owners of the LA Dodgers, in case you were wondering), James McBride (the GM of The Carlyle where Steve is performing through New Year’s Eve) and my good pal Amy Rosenblum.

2. Peter Brown

3. Jim Abernathy and Dawn Bridges

4. Barry Diller and the Financial TimesChrystia Freeland who was warding off today’s chill with a killer fur hat. Fab!

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Hoffman — Like Everyone Else in Hollywood — Just Wants to Direct

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, who managed to scrounge himself a best acting Oscar for playing Truman Capote, is now looking to fulfill every actor’s dream — he just wants to direct.

Hoffman is working on an acclaimed off-Broadway play called “Jack Goes Boating” as his first filmic effort. The play focuses on a stoner limo driver and his exploits.

Hoffman starred in the theatrical version and may direct himself in the film, which will be produced by Hoffman’s Cooper Town Productions and Big Beach Films.

Truman Capote vs. Swifty Lazar – When the LA Times Ran Gossip

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At the risk of repeating ourselves, we think the LA Times needs a gossip column. While drooling over the Truman Capote auction preview, we noticed a typed letter from the late super agent Swifty Lazar.

Swifty warned Truman not to bring Joanne Carson, Johnny’s ex, to his Oscar party (far more exclusive than the Vanity Fair replacement) because Johnny was coming with his new wife and Swifty didn’t want to embarrass him by having a former wife also in attendance. Got it?

And here’s how Joanne Carson explained the situation to FishbowlLA:

Truman, Jody Jacobs and I were having dinner at Mateo’s the night Truman got Swifty’s letter. We thought it was absolutely the silliest letter that had ever been written. Imagine writing something so ludicrous and then actually signing your name to it!!! Talk about “nobless-oblige.” In Hollywood, at one time or another, almost everyone has been married to almost everyone else.

We just had a huge laugh over this and thought Swifty had really lost it this time. After reading Jody’s column about his letter, Swifty dis-invited both Truman AND Jody. So Jody wrote another column about being dis-invited by Swifty. So, we all went to another Oscar party and when we walked in the room it erupted in applause. Everyone had been following “le scandal” in Jody’s columns and thought it was hilariously funny. Which it really was. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE Hollywood….

Jody Jacobs was the LA Times‘ gossip columnist at the time. Who is there today on the masthead to report these shenanigans? Nobody, that’s who.