Author Gay Talese came by Big Think this afternoon and spoke to us about marriage, the subject of his next book. He is writing about his own half-century-long (and still going strong) marriage to Nan Talese, the legendary book editor. He downplayed the role of sex in a lasting marriage, pooh-poohed love, and declared that the most important ingredient is mutual respect. He also spoke about why nonfiction writers are looked upon as second-class citizens compared to novelists and why the tape recorder has destroyed long-form journalism. Not one to rush into adopting new technologies, he asked us to send him a VHS tape of our interview because he doesn’t have an Internet connection.
Violent, intimidating, homophobic soccer enthusiasts.Those five words would have struck us as a hilarious oxymoron back in the Illinois of my childhood, where football always meant “macho” and soccer often […]