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June 14 2011


Gay Talese's Page One: the inner workings of The New York Times

Vanity Fair :: The Kingdom and the Power, Gay Talese’s 1969 masterwork describing the inner workings of The New York Times, opens with this description:

[Gay Talese, 1969:] Most journalists are restless voyeurs who see the warts on the world, the imperfections in people and places.

At the June 9 screening of Page One, a documentary about The New York Times, hosted by Talese, very few attendees could see any warts on the film, least of all Talese himself. The film’s director, Andrew Rossi, had spent a year following reporters and editors from the Times’s media desk.

Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair, asked Talese to share some thoughts about the Times he worked for and wrote about in the 1960s and the one he saw in Rossi’s documentary.

Continue to read Sarah Ellison, www.vanityfair.com

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