He did not want to hear Joseph Talese, his immigrant father, tell of life in the family home of Maida, in Southern Italy. He did not want to know about Domenico, the autocratic grandfather whose scoldings had left such a mark on the young Joseph. He did not want to know about St.
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Gay Talese is a bestselling author who has written fourteen books. He was a reporter for the New York Times from toand since then he has written for the The New Yorker, Esquireand other national publications. His groundbreaking article "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" was named the "best story Esquire ever published," and he was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called "The New Journalism.
That piqued my interest. I liked what he had to say. So I went to my local library yes, libraries still exist and got a book out.
Gay Talese is the father of American New Journalism, who transformed traditional reportage with his vivid scene-setting, sharp observation and rich storytelling. His piece for Esquireone of the most celebrated magazine articles ever published, describes a morose Frank Sinatra silently nursing a glass of bourbon, struck down with a cold and unable to sing, like 'Picasso without paint, Ferrari without fuel - only worse'. The other writings in this selection include a description of a meeting between two legends, Fidel Castro and Muhammad Ali; a brilliantly witty dissection of the offices of Vogue magazine; an account of travelling to Ireland with hellraising actor Peter O'Toole; and a profile of fading baseball star Joe DiMaggio, which turns into a moving, immaculately-crafted meditation on celebrity.
In order to lower all those raised eyebrows, Talese has spent the past decade immersed in a weighty act of contrition. The result is Unto the Sons, a book that places him back squarely in the bosom of his family. Furthermore, it is an attempt to reconcile the wildly diverse roots of a former altar boy who has become a stylish exhibitionist and an unapologetic sybarite.
Based on Gay Talese's own family experiences, this book begins in the 19th century in the feudal village of Maida, original home of the Talese family. This is the world of Talese's great-grandfather - haunted by the mysticism of the Church, by faded aristocracy, by the aura of Roman triumph tempered by centuries of invasion and occupation. The book then follows the fortunes of Antario, a soldier in World War I, who settles in Paris in the s, of Gaetono, who becomes a stonemason in America and of Joseph, who sets up as a tailor in New Jersey and finds allegiance divided in World War II.
At 83, Nan Talese might just be the new image of having it all. The subject is the original residents of the house, on East 61st Street, a cast of characters that brings to mind a Billy Wilder movie. They included model Hope Bryce with her blind dogwho was having an affair with director Otto Preminger. Beautiful girls playing the harp would wind up in bed with him sooner or later.