Gay Talese and Max Linsky

This Gay Talese interview, conducted in October of 2013 by Max Linsky, co-founder of, revisits many of Talese's favorite interview themes, starting with the importance of his background on his interview and reportorial technique, his sense of self-presentation and his curiosity about and appreciation for minor characters. In these video chapters, he talks about his friendships, his favorites among his many published works (not "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,"), how he approached the industry and his work, when things didn't go his way, and how he views the state of journalism today.

Chapter 1: On Making a Good Impression