Gay Talese. This vintage dressed man, with grey hair and this old cosmopolitical style is one of the most famous figures in the journalism field and he is considered as the founder of the movement commonly called “New Journalism”. He has written the great piece of journalism for the Esquire with the title “Frank Sinatra has a cold” and before that he was working for the New York Times (NYT). At the same time and until today he had written a lot of books, my favourite is called “The Kingdom and the Power” about the influence that the NYT has in politics and the society in general.
He studied journalism in Alabama and before that he used to be around his parents day jobs in stores and dress shops where he learned to be curious about other people, grew his curiosity and met new people almost everyday. This thing, his degree with the mix of a lot of courage led him to the New York Times as a copy boy where he writed his first piece of journalism for a big newspaper. An interview with the technician of the electronic news ticker in the Timews Square. Everything after that is’s just history and a lot of printed words that have been read by millions.
Read his Interview in The Paris Review.