Gay Talese, well-known for being a pioneer of the New Journalism along with writers like Hunter S. Thompson and Truman Capote, apparently couldn’t name any woman writer who’d inspired him when asked at a recent Boston University event. Amy Littlefield, a journalist in the audience, said:
And then there was a pause and he said, “None. And I’ll tell you why.” And he went into this explanation about how educated women don’t want to hang out with anti-social people.”
The irony? A large portion of the audience was made up of female journalists.