Writer Gay Talese draws ire for comments about women writers


BOSTON (AP) — Writer Gay Talese has drawn criticism for comments he made about women writers during an appearance at a conference at Boston University.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1V2FgWu) the former journalist turned author struggled to answer a question Saturday about which female writers inspired him, mentioning Nora Ephron and Mary McCarthy before finally blurting out, “none.”

Talese said women writers of his generation didn’t like talking to strangers, which prevented them from taking on tough subjects.

Many audience members at the Power of Narrative Writing Conference seemed stunned by his comments. One yelled out, “Joan Didion!” Some took to social media to criticize him.

Talese reported for The New York Times during the 1950s and 60s and is known for his narrative nonfiction style.

Talese didn’t immediately return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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