"... Venice is like that. After October, when Adriatic winds sweep away the last American, even the last German, carry them off and send their luggage flying after them, another Venice develops: a clique of Venetian élégants, fragile dukes sporting embroidered waistcoats, spindly contessas supporting themselves on the arms of pale, elongated nephews, Jamesian creations, D'Annunzio romantics who would never consider emerging from the mauve shadows of their palazzos on a summer's day when the foreigners are abroad, emerge to feed the pigeons and stroll under the Piazza San Marco's arcades, sally forth to take tea in the lobby of the Danieli (the Gritti having closed until spring), and most amusing, to swill martinis and chew grilled-cheese sandwiches within the cozy confines of Harry's American Bar, so lately and exclusively the watering hole of loud-mouthed hordes from across the Alps and the seas."
Capote is probably most well known for his two novels, Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. And although the latter is superbly written and the former is good enough as well, I believe that it is Capote's non-fiction that showcases his elegant style and rigorous command of the written word. I am currently reading and loving, Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote. I have annotated many of the pages — making small notes and c.f.'s, all of which make sense to only me. Capote's writing — and even his character and journalistic technique — are invaluable points of reference for any writer, but especially for a new journalist, such as myself.