Gay Talese is the bestselling author of eleven books. He was a reporter for *the New York Times* from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for *the Times*, *Esquire*,* The New Yorker*, *Harper's Magazine*, and other national publications. Gay Talese was born in Ocean City, New Jersey, and currently lives in New York City. His groundbreaking article "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" was named the "best story *Esquire* ever published," and he was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called "The New Journalism." His most recent book, *A Writer's Life*, was published by Knopf in 2006 and reissued in trade paperback by The Random House Publishing Group in July 2007.