Gay Talese at his New York home (Photo credit: Julius Constantine Motal/New York Observer)

With ‘The Bridge,’ Gay Talese Recalls the Art of Nonfiction

The Verrazano-Narrows is worthy of this second look. Before the bridge, Staten Island was virtually cut off from the veins of the city; in the last fifty years, the borough has grown from its rural base to a population of almost 475,000. But The Bridge demands attention today for more than this context: The work represents a high moment in American literary nonfiction, a time when, according to Mr. Talese, “minor characters could take center stage.”

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