Gay Talese Quotes

Gay Talese (/t??li?z/; born February 7, 1932) is an American writer. As a journalist for The New York Times and Esquire magazine during the 1960s, Talese helped to define literary journalism. Talese's most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra.

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Gay Talese


Even after they had stopped modeling for Playboy and had settled down with other men to raise families of their own, Hugh Hefner still considered them his women, and in the bound volumes of his magazine he would always possess them.

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Wall Street bankers supposedly back the Yankees; Smith College girls approve of them. God, Brooks Brothers, and United States Steel are believed to be solidly in the Yankees' corner... The efficiently triumphant Yankee maching is a great institution, but, as they say, who can fall in love with U.S. Steel?

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People go to restaurants for so many different reasons. To court a girl, to make some deal. Maybe to talk to some lawyer about how to get an alimony settlement better than they got last week.

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I write and rewrite and rewrite and write and like to turn in what I think is finished work.

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Group nudity could also be personally beneficial, according to psychologist Abraham M. Maslow, who believed that nudist camps or parks might be places where people can emerge from hiding behind their clothes and armor, and become more self-accepting, revealing, and honest."

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Yes there is a little group of soccer aficionados, but I am not one of them.

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The Park Avenue of poodles and polished brass; it is cab country, tip-town, glassville, a window-washer's paradise.

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I am writing about people who are alive in the city of New York during mid-20th-century America. And these people are like a character in a play or they are figures in a short story or a novel.

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I've always had standards about writing well. There is art in this business. There is potentially great art.

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People dress up for funerals. Why not dress up to celebrate that you're alive?

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Putting on a beautifully designed suit elevates my spirit, extols my sense of self, and helps define me as a man to whom details matter.

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Restaurants are a wonderful escape for me. And are for a lot of people

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Many male habitues of massage parlors, like Talese, did not like solitary masturbation; in the parlance of the younger generation, it was a "downer." And yet to be masturbated by an appealing masseuse, to be in the physical presence of a woman with whom there was some communication and understanding, if not love, was gratifying and fun.

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It's true what they say - all the good men are married. But it's marriage that makes them good.

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The real problem is what to do with problem solvers after the problem is solved.

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