Gay Talese says he misunderstood question on women writers

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Posted: Apr 03, 2016 6:46 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Writer Gay Talese says he believes he misunderstood a question about women writers during an appearance at a Boston University conference.

Talese told The Associated Press on Sunday he thought the question was asking which female reporters influenced him during his youth.

The 84-year-old says he was unable to think of any women reporters whose work he was familiar with as a teenager.

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

Many audience members at the Power of Narrative Writing Conference seemed stunned by his comments.

Talese reported for The New York Times and is best known for his landmark profile of Frank Sinatra, which appeared in Esquire.