Gay Talese

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Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range

George Spahn and his California ranch, before and after the Manson family showed up.

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The Loser

A profile of the boxer Floyd Patterson, after a painful loss to Sonny Liston.

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Mr. Bad News

A profile of New York Times obituary writer Alden Whitman.

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Peter O'Toole on the Ould Sod

After two years of filming Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O'Toole returns to his childhood home in Ireland.

Plus: 50 years later, Gay Talese remembers the late Peter O'Toole.

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Frank Sinatra Has a Cold: Annotated

The 1966 Esquire profile, with notes from the author.

On Thursday, October 10, Gay Talese will tape a live episode of the Longorm Podcast at NYU. The event is free and open to the public.

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Looking for Hemingway

On George Plimpton and the founders of The Paris Review:

Early in the fifties another young generation of American expatriates in Paris became twenty-six years old, but they were not Sad Young Men, nor were they Lost; they were the witty, irreverent sons of a conquering nation.

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Gay Talese, The Art of Nonfiction No. 2

The original new journalist on his start at the Times, his daily writing routine, and why he’s always taken notes on shirt boards.

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The Silent Season of a Hero

The complicated post-retirement life of Joe DiMaggio.