Aug 25th, 2021
At the end of this interview, Dan Wakefield says ‘’I guess that’s it. That’s everything I know. That’s doubtful of course, but the amount of insider history covered in this podcast is wide ranging. One of the first practitioners of what was called “The New Journalism,” he tells stories from the great age of celebrity profiles. Wakefield covered Senator Adam Clayton Powell’s trial for tax evasion and sat in on lunches with Powell and Murray Kemption. He tells stories about William Buckley, Gay Talese, his dates with Mia Farrow, and his friendship with some of the great editors of the time, including Sam Lawrence—editor of Katherine Anne Porter, Donleavy, Jim Harrison, Frank Conroy, Vonnegut, and Wakefield himself. This great storyteller remembers conversations and places as though they took place yesterday.