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Newsday, April 19, 2016
Gay Talese and Women Writers
Author Gay Talese attends the Esquire 80th Anniversary and Network Launch Event in New York. A half century after completing a magazine piece on Frank Sinatra, Talese was honored at the 21 Club for his story on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Photo Credit: AP

Though columnist Anne Michaud gives Gay Talese his due as a "pioneer in importing storytelling techniques from fiction to enliven magazine and newspaper writing," she gently but firmly admonishes the nattily attired scribe-cum-intellectual for failing to enumerate any female writers he admires ["A few female literary voices for Gay Talese," Opinion, April 7].

Talese has praised the late Nora Ephron's prodigious body of work, so the entire faux pas may have hinged on an auditory misunderstanding. Having brought cultural and historical nuance to his autobiography, "Unto the Sons," which detailed his Italian family's journey from Calabria to America, Talese knows full well the sting of intolerance.

Still, Michaud performs a public service by providing readers with a laudable list of noteworthy female journalists.

Here are a few more to consider: Laura Hillenbrand, the author of "Unbroken," a redemptive tale of World War II aviator Louis Zamperini; Pulitzer prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri, whose immersion in the Italian language, which is not her native tongue, led her to pen "In Other Words"; and neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova, whose novel "Still Alice" redefined our notions of Alzheimer's disease and won Julianne Moore a best actress Oscar for the film version.

Rosario A. Iaconis,
Mineola, NY
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