Beginning in the 1960s, Gay Talese helped pioneer New Journalism, penned what is widely considered to be the greatest of all magazine stories (“Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”, for Esquire), and wrote celebrated books on the Mafia, the media, and the sexual revolution. For more than 50 years, he has interviewed and rubbed shoulders with thousands of people — some famous, some not (some famous and then not) — and made a habit of almost always jotting down their phone numbers in his leather-bound address book. So, of course, we asked to take a peek.

Gay Talese’s Address Book premiered on the ESPN website Grantland in May 2015 and subsequently received mentions in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Paris Review.

Running Time: 04:37

Director: Gaspar González
Cinematographer: Richard Patterson
Editor: Jorge Rubiera
Post Sound: Joel C. Hernandez
Music: Sam Garner