On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark best seller Thy Neighbor's Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. "Since learning of your long-awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America," the letter began, "I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book." The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret: that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires.
"Get ready to be appalled"
When Gay Talese left The New York Times in 1965 to write for Esquire, he brought with him a journalistic style entirely his own, which combined his literary sensibility and craftsmanship with a talent for cultural observation and an interest in American everyday life - in taboo topics and overlooked truths. During a time when the nation seemed hardly to recognize itself, Talese wrote some of the most illuminating and influential magazine articles of all time.
The inner workings of a writer's life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life, the zeal for the truth, the narrative edge, the sometimes startling precision, that won accolades for his journalism and best-sellerdom and acclaim for his revelatory books about The New York Times, the Mafia, the sex industry, and, focusing on his own family, the American immigrant experience.
For decades Americans have turned to LIFE magazine to see, understand, and remember the most important events and people of our time. The magazine now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. This book includes a Foreword by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene, and several others.
The inner workings of a writer's life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life, the zeal for the truth, the narrative edge, the sometimes startling precision, that won accolades for his journalism and best-sellerdom and acclaim for his revelatory books.
"For Heaven’s Sake", by Hendrik Hertzberg, "The Lie Factory", by Jill Lepore, "In Plain View", by Malcolm Gladwell, and "The Crisis Manager", by Gay Talese.
"Oil Shocks", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Basta", by Gay Talese; "Doctor, Doctor", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Silver of Lead", by William Finnegan; "The Plastic Panic", by Jerome Groopman; and "Epic Struggles", by David Denby.
"Precedent and Prologue", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Tongue Twister", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Art of the Billionaire", by Connie Bruck; "Travels with a Diva", by Gay Talese; and "Fancy Footwork", by David Denby.