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Le Conversazioni: An Evening with Gay Talese on Muhammad Ali by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Le Conversazioni: An Evening with Gay Talese on Muhammad Ali with moderator Antonio Monda, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, November 15th, 2016, 6:30pm.


Muhammad Ali photo via the internet.

Gay Talese, one of the great storytellers of our time, is a pioneer in literary journalism. His prolific body of work encompasses a rich cast of characters, including the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In an intimate conversation focusing on his relationship with the heavyweight champion, Talese reflects upon the memorable experiences and personalities throughout his decades-long career—including his journey to Havana with Ali to meet with Fidel Castro—as well as the great boxing moments of the 20th century.

Gay Talese is the author of numerous books, including The Voyeur’s Motel and A Writer’s Life, writer for The New York Times, Esquire, and a contributor to The New Yorker. In the 1960s, Talese helped to define literary journalism. His most famous articles are about Charles Manson, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Patterson, Joe DiMaggio, and Frank Sinatra. In 1964, Talese published The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a reporter-style, non-fiction depiction of the construction of the bridge in New York City named after Giovanni da Verrazzano. Talese is Italian-American and remains active in the community, including the National Italian American Foundation, which hosted a writer’s series in his name. He has been an outspoken advocate for more Italian-Americans to pursue careers in writing and editing. His many awards include the George Polk Award- Career Award, 2008; the Norman Mailer Prize, Distinguished Journalism, 2011; the Harper Lee Award and the Table 4 Writers Foundation Award, 2013. —Sources New-York Historical Society & Wikipedia

Antonio Monda, the moderator, is artistic director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and artistic director of the Rome Film Festival.

Upcoming Exhibit: Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing, New-York Historical Society, New York, December 16, 2016 – March 12, 2017.

Who could “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”? Muhammad Ali was The Greatest—he even said so himself. Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a three-time heavyweight champion and an outspoken, popular, and often controversial public figure. In the early 1960s, Ali found friendship with renowned artist LeRoy Neiman, with whom he shared an affinity for boxing, the limelight, and breaking with convention. Neiman even taught and encouraged Ali to draw. Using works on loan from the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing celebrates one of America’s greatest boxers and one of the most popular artists of the sport. Neiman’s vivid watercolors and intimate, on-the-spot sketches capture Ali both in and outside the ring. Highlights include portraits, sketches of Ali’s critical matches such as the “Fight of the Century” and the “Thrilla in Manila,” and some works created by Ali himself.

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