When I came to New York in the Spring of 2017 to write about Gay Talese by being Gay Talese, it was inspired by the way he wrote about Frank Sinatra in 1965 for Esquire magazine. Through the simple act of hanging out, Gay managed to redefine the way celebrities were profiled, without ever talking to his subject. I hoped to create something just as epic, by acting as my subject instead of interacting with it.
Instead of writing something as definitive as Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, I wrote Being Gay. A long, complicated, weird, and probably illegal, half plagiarized, unpublishable story about David Look and Gay Talese. But I think it also tells a larger story about success and failure, the thin wall between person and persona, and truth. The harder you chase it, the more allusive it becomes.
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