Posted on Oct 17, 2013
Longform Podcast #64: Gay Talese

Gay Talese, who wrote for Esquire in the 1960s and currently contributes to The New Yorker, is the author of several books. His latest is A Writer's Life.

"I want to know how people did what they did. And I want to know how that compares with how I did what I did. That's my whole life. It's not really a life. It's a life of inquiry. It's a life of getting off your ass, knocking on a door, walking a few steps or a great distance to pursue a story. That's all it is: a life of boundless curiosity in which you indulge yourself and never miss an opportunity to talk to someone at length."

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Show notes:

  1. [14:30] "The Crisis Manager: A profile of Joe Girardi" (The New Yorker • Sep 2012) [pdf]
  2. [16:30] "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" (Esquire • Apr 1966)
  3. [22:30] "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold: Annotated" (with Elon Green • Nieman Storyboard • Oct 2013)
  4. [16:30] "The Silent Season of a Hero" (Esquire • July 1966)
  5. [24:00] "Mr. Bad News" (Esquire • Feb 1966)
  6. [31:00] The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The New York Times, The Institution That Influences the World (1969)
  7. [34:45] Honor Thy Father (1971)
  8. [34:45] Thy Neighbor's Wife (1981)
  9. [43:00] Talese's first story: "Times Square Anniversary" (The New York Times • Nov 1953)
  10. [51:15] "Peter O'Toole on the Ould Sod" (Esquire • Aug 1963)
  11. [104:15] Unto the Sons (1992)