[Ads-l] Request help: Quote: It simply is not writing. It is, it is only typing. Truman Capote's comment about Jack Kerouac

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 19 19:35:00 UTC 2015

This is a follow-up message about the status of an earlier request.

Thanks to a librarian at Stetson University the citation in "The
Provincetown Annual" has been examined and verified. An article about
the Capote quotation is now available:

That’s Not Writing; That's Just Typewriting


On Sun, Sep 6, 2015 at 4:34 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Literary figure Truman Capote famously assailed the spontaneous prose
> style of beat generation icon Jack Kerouac with the following remark
> (or something similar):
> That's not writing; that's typing.
> Fred has a great citation dated February 9, 1959 in "The New
> Republic". I recently found an earlier instance in the syndicated
> column of Leonard Lyons which was published by January 27, 1959.
> Details are given further below in the addendum.
> This message is about a different citation. It is a request for your
> help. The goal is to construct a complete and accurate citation for
> another early instance of Capote's remark. This information below is
> based on Google Books snippets.
> The target journal employed three different names in its early
> history: "Provincetown Quarterly", "The Provincetown Annual", and
> "Provincetown Review". I think the quotation appeared in the journal
> when it was called "The Provincetown Annual" which catalog data
> indicates occurred at volume 1, number 2. The year seems to be 1959 or
> 1960.

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