Saturday, April 22, 2006


from Charles McGrath's profile of Gay Talese on the occasion of the imminent release of "A Writer's Life", his memoir:

" of the many porters or doormen on the Upper East Side who seem to know Mr. Talese by sight and nod respectfully when he strolls by. Whether or not they know anything about his books, they recognize good posture and good haberdashery when they see it. Mr. Talese, the son of a tailor, carries himself like a papal guard and, now that his nudist phase is over, is the best-dressed writer in New York. He makes Tom Wolfe look like someone who collects Mark Twain outfits from a thrift shop."


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