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Raising a glass with Gay Talese

The legendary writer casts a gimlet eye on journalism today, dressing well and his own provocative past

March 13, 2016 05:00PM

Gay Talese

Gay Talese and his home

From Luxury Listings NYC: Gay Talese, 84, is already seated behind a six-inch tall coupe filled with gin and a twist when I arrive at our table at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant in the Mark Hotel.

He had arrived a half an hour early for dinner. I watched him come in from where I stood at the near corner of the bar, drinking Mitcher’s on the rocks. Tall, lean and dressed nonchalantly to the nines, Talese had strolled through the bar, eyes focused on his target: the coat-check girl. He handed off his broad-brimmed fedora with a practiced gesture. [more]