On the second floor of the 21 Club, behind the phalanx of painted lawn jockey statues that line the balcony of the restaurant, a speakeasy in its youth, the writer Gay Talese stood bidding his dinner guests good night. A silk scarlet square jutted from his pocket. The emerald color of his cuff links echoed the green stripe of his impeccably tailored suit, beneath which he wore a pale striped tie and white-collared shirt the color of azure.
Near midnight on Monday Gay Talese was tucked into a corner booth in the downstairs bar at the 21 Club, sipping a Bombay martini with a twist, with a specimen from his much-admired hat collection sitting politely beside him. The book is definitely worth showing up for—a tome tailor-made for journalism junkies. It makes the work of reporting and writing and editing look as pretty and irreverent and fun as a Wes Anderson movie.
By Peter Bart. I came upon the Talese-Sinatra deal saga details later in a conversation with Talese last week about the sorry state of the news business. Reporters today, Talese believes, are locked to their lap tops and cell phones, chasing web traffic.
Author Gay Talese joins host David Brancaccio to discuss how this groundbreaking work of New Journalism came about, the evolution of celebrity, and why his story remains as resonant as the day it was first published. If president-elect Donald Trump learned anything from his mentor Roy Cohn, it was this: punch first and never apologize. Cohn was notorious for going …. The question is astonishingly simple: In the yearwith GPS and satellites and global surveillance everywhere all the time, how does a massive airplane simply go missing?
Please refresh the page and retry. But an interview with Sinatra had been arranged. And Talese had a contract to fulfil.
That piece, also included here, describes Louis at the age of 48, once the greatest boxer of his time, now reduced to eking out a living from public relations work and refereeing wrestling matches. She smiled, walked toward him, and was about to stretch up on her toes and kiss him, but suddenly stopped. This was journalism that read like a short story, turning all of the fictional devices — reported speech, scene-setting, intimate personal details and the use of interior monologue — to the service of factual reporting.
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During the s and s he contributed many articles to magazines, principally Esquire. He lives in New York City. Your Shopping Cart.
Talese had spent the first ten years of his career at The New York Times. He felt restricted by the limitations of newspaper writing  and began searching for jobs with magazines. Inhe signed a one-year, six-story contract with Esquire magazine.