I'm a multi-platform journalist based in Istanbul. I was a 2011 Fulbright fellow in Egypt, where I'm also a Pulitzer Center for Conflict Reporting grantee, working on an ongoing reporting project “Egypt: The Country Outside the Square.” Here: some slices of life, bits of meaning-making, journspiration, people, and color found along the way.
“The myth of the overnight success is just that – a myth.”
Katie Roiphe:: When did you realize that you had talent?
Guy Talese:: Never. All I have is intense curiosity. I have a great deal of interest in other people and, just as importantly, I have the patience to be around them.
“The most widely read books to come out of the financial crisis and its aftermath have been explanatory works of economics and politics, or narrative accounts focussed on players at the center of the action. Books of documentary reportage on the new depression have come and gone without much notice. That’s a shame, because, separately and together, they create a portrait of the country that is deeper, more disturbing, and, finally, more persuasive than tales of great men flying too close to the sun.”
“You can’t go around buying Cadillacs on what the small mags pay,” Salinger wrote, “but that doesn’t really matter, does it?”
“Love is a great privilege. Real love, which is very rare, enriches the lives of the men and women who experience it.”
“Life is like a roller coaster, it is going to have beautiful moments but it is going to be real f-ked up, too”