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A Writer's Life

Gay Talese

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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 Kingdom and the Power), the Mafia (Honor Thy Father), the sex industry (Thy Neighbor's Wife), and, focusing on his own family, the American immigrant experience (Unto the Sons). How has Talese found his subjects? What has stimulated, blocked, or inspired his writing? Here are his amateur beginnings on his college newspaper; his professional climb at The New York Times; his desire to write on a larger canvas, which led him to magazine writing at Esquire and then to books. We see his involvement with issues of race from his student days in the Deep South to a recent interracial wedding in Selma, Alabama, where he once covered the fierce struggle for civil rights. Here are his reflections on the changing American sexual mores he has written about over the last fifty years, and a striking look at the lives-and their meaning-of Lorena and John Bobbitt. He takes us behind the scenes of his legendary profile of Frank Sinatra, his writings about Joe DiMaggio and heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, and his interview with the head of a Mafia family. But he is at his most poignant in talking about the ordinary men and women whose stories led to his most memorable work. In remarkable fashion, he traces the history of a single restaurant location in New York, creating an ethnic mosaic of one restaurateur after the other whose dreams were dashed while a successor's were born. And as he delves into the life of a young female Chinese soccer player, we see his consuming interest in the world in its latest manifestation. In these and other recollections and stories, Talese gives us a fascinating picture of both the serendipity and meticulousness involved

Language:

English

Length:

5h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:45


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:30


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:16


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:47