Legendary journalist Gay Talese has lived with his wife in an Upper East Side townhouse for more than 50 years. But when he leaves for work in the morning, he actually heads downstairs, to his phone-less,windowless “subterranean think tank” beneath his home. He recently gave a tour of the “bunker” to the New Yorker.
The underground office, which holds the files Talese keeps of each year of his life, among other artifacts, is the “one place where I think a writer can work without any distractions,” the writer told the New Yorker.
On the video tour Talese explains his writing process, why he became a reporter, and how he thinks he’s just “a frustrated interior decorator,” at heart. [New Yorker] – Guelda Voien