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Gore Vidal, Gay Talese, Susan Sontag, and Norman Mailer

Gore Vidal, Gay Talese, Susan Sontag, and Norman Mailer

The Paris Review‘s Summer 2009 issue contains an interesting interview with Gay Talese, an acclaimed author and journalist. Even if you have not read Mr. Talese before or are not familiar with him, I do suggest giving the interview a read if you are interested in journalism or writing nonfiction.

Gay Talese has written eleven books and has led a fabulously interesting life. He had his first taste of journalism in high school and continued on to become a reporter for the New York Times. Since then, he has written for such esteemed publications as the Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and others.

The interview mentions his groundbreaking article “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” which was named the “best story Esquire ever published,” and has a link to Mr. Talese’s outline of the story.

Most notably, Tom Wolfe credited Mr. Talese with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called “The New Journalism.” There is an interesting perspective on why this label may not fit Mr. Talese so well by Robert S. Boynton in The New New Journalism, along with a comprehensive list of Talese’s articles, interviews, and reviews.

Soon to be published by Knopf, Mr. Talese’s newest work in progress, tentatively scheduled for release in 2011, is a book based on his 50-year, sometimes tumultous marriage.

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