What Keeps Gay Talese Up at Night?

Question: Are there any issues today that keep you up at night?

Gay Talese: No. What keeps me up late at night are watching a baseball game when the Yankees are on the west coast; that’s about it

 Recorded on September 22, 2009

 

The esteemed writer only loses sleep when the Yankees play on the west coast.

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