Gay Talese

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Bill de Blasio's Pledge to Abolish Horse-Drawn Carriages is Running Away From Him

    The smell of the Clinton Park Stables arrives before the sight of them, a mixture of straw and manure and horse sweat. It rises from the pavement of 52nd Street, just east of the Hudson River, across from De Witt Clinton Park, from which the stables take their name. The smell makes you swivel your h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    NYC is a 'Ghost Town': 1 in 25 Manhattan Homes Are Empty Because of Rich People

    Apartment at the Trump/ Only slept in it once​Out of 845,000 houses and apartments in Manhattan, 102,000 were counted as vacant according to census numbers, the New York Times reports today, and more than 33,000, or one in 25 residences on the main island, had someone living there less than tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Matt Taibbi on Michele Bachmann in Rolling Stone: Not Quite Plagiarism; PBS Hacked Again

    ​Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone wrote another of his highly entertaining, polarizing, acerbic, hyperbolic and metaphor-laden magazine features, online now, this time about Minnesota politician and presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, who Taibbi, right out of the gate, calls "almost certainly t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Elaine's Reminiscences Keep on Coming

    ​"Any great restaurant is a place for meeting and communicating -- not dining, communicating. This was a very special place because it crossed political lines, athletic, literary, entrepreneurial. People who came here were in advertising and political life, law enforcement, writing, poetry -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Jack Newfield: There Is No "New Journalism"

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 18, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 20 Of honest men & good writers By Jack Newfield After participating in several panel discussions, attending (More)'s counter-convention, reading books and articles by Tom Wolfe and Mike Arlen, and being i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2010

    New York City Remembers Elaine Kaufman of Elaine's, Restaurateur and Friend of the Stars

    ​Elaine Kaufman, referred to by the New York Times as the "salty den mother" of exclusive New York City restaurant Elaine's, died on Friday in Manhattan at the age of 81. The cause of death, perhaps darkly appropriate with regards to the period of New York City that Kaufman represented, was co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    R.I.P. Elaine Kaufman, Owner of the Elaine's

    Lorenzo Ciniglio​Elaine Kaufman, the owner of the eponymous Upper East Side restaurant that for decades has served as a second home to legions of writers, died earlier this afternoon. The Post reports that Kaufman, who was 81, died from complications of emphysema. A lifelong New Yorker, Kauf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Pete Hamill on the Death of Newsweek The Saturday Evening Post

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 16, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 14 More Irrelevant Than Irreverent by Pete Hamill The tv cameras had departed, the reporters were gone, and in the fourth-floor offices of the Saturday Evening Post at 541 Lexington Avenue, there wasn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Things That Suck: Gino's Will Be Replaced by Sprinkles Cupcakes

    Roe Ethridge/The New York TimesA remembrance of things past.​Gay Talese takes to the pages of The New Yorker this week to pen a fond farewell to Gino, the storied 65-year-old Italian restaurant that's closing on May 29. Among the more interesting facts he relays: There are 314 zebras prancing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Clip Job: When a Newspaper Dies

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 28, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 28 Mr. Hearst's Flagship Sank Like the Maine By Stan Fischler The Journal-American died with its boots on last Sunday morning at the age of 71. When the boots were removed there was a stench. "Nat Hento ... More >>

  • Books

    June 17, 2009

    Lit Seen: A Heavy Rotation Playlist

    Pink air! Origami irony! Writers on the albums (and songs) that shaped them.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Employment Opportunity: Make $2,800 Shoes for Gay Talese

    Gay Talese, whose forthcoming book about his marriage has prompted some really great feature stories in 2009, is well known for his style and general all-around high sartorial standards--I've known more than one person who showed up underdressed to dinner with the man, only to be mercilessly mocked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Week in Review: Get Ready #Bonnaroo You're Gonna Be My Bitch For the Weekend

    Rebecca Smeyne In the week we didn't go to the mud-soaked hobbit/hippie fest that is Bonnaroo (well, except for the top secret one of us who did, and is even now Twittering about it), all three members of SOTC did go to Prospect Park, where we wandered the green green grass 27,000 parents and thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Week in Review: M.I.A. Is A Great Artist, and We Wish Her Well

    In the week we went to fashion week, Kanye appeared pretty much everywhere. Justin Timberlake was in the building, too--right next to the chia pets. We interviewed director Richard Foreman, who kinda hates Shakespeare, and Thursday, who admit to sort of being down with the Warped Tour. Tavis Smiley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Gay Talese Extends Editorial Services to Bums

    Gay Talese, recent recipient of a Polk Award for distinguished journalism, shows his stuff at the Times, describing how he revised a beggar's message so it would play better in New York's competitive advertising market. Unsolicited, Talese changed a nameless mendicant's punchy, "Homeless. Please Hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Gay Talese Amongst the Poor: Comedy, Tragedy, Or Kind Of OK?

    This Gay Talese thing does make for a bizarre story--a man famous for his bulletproof sartorial style and glamorous townhouse parties takes to the streets with font-laded laserprinted signs bearing the legend "Please Support Pres. Obama's Stimulus Plan, and begin right here ... at the bottom ... Tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Gay Talese, Not Exactly a Fan of 'M.I.A. and the N.E.R.D.S'

    Credit: David Shankbone Legendary journalist and fashion icon Gay Talese weighs in this week on Diesel's recent weekend concert hysteria, writing, in part: I asked a lot of these people on line questions like that; and all they said, in essence, is that the $50 jeans were bargains they could not ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 8, 2008


    Doc Fest covers it all from post-Prohibition-era New York to Johnny Cash

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    (Doris) Duking it out with Rush Limbaugh!

    If eccentric socialite Doris Duke had come back from the dead, she wouldn't have gotten a bigger reaction at the party for HBO's teleflick about her (Bernard and Doris), than another shocking guest who floated in—right-wing hatemonger Rush Limbaugh! "Only in New York, kids," murmured writer Gay Ta ... More >>

  • Film

    September 4, 2007
  • Books

    January 31, 2006
  • News

    June 14, 2005

    Woodward's Debt to Deep Throat

    After the big stories, sometimes more than credit is due, sources say

  • News

    June 15, 1999

    The Literati and Their Servers

    The Two Faces of Carl Bernstein

  • News

    June 1, 1999

    Look Who Crossed a Picket Line

    Why Paul Newman Nixed PEN's Gala