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Publisher's Summary

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 Mafia, the sex industry, and, focusing on his own family, the American immigrant experience.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.
In these and other recollections and stories, Talese gives us a fascinating picture of both the serendipity and meticulousness involved in getting a story. He makes clear that every one of us represents a good one, if a writer has the curiosity to know it, the diligence to pursue it, and the desire to get it right.
Candid, humorous, deeply impassioned, a dazzling book about the nature of writing in one man's life, and of writing itself.
©2006 Gay Talese; (P)2006 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"This is a near-perfect expression of Talese's inquisitive personality, an inquisitiveness that has led to some of the outstanding journalism of the past few decades." (Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By A User on 05-24-06

A Pastiche

I never read a book by Gay Talese before, so I thought this would be what the intro claimed. It had some of his life but also a lot of it seems to be unused stories and essays he never sold, combined into a pastiche. I would avoid this unless your a real fan of his writing. It contains more, much more, about the Bobbits, John and Lauraina than you ever want to know as well as more about the NYC restaurant business.

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