The Audio Book Club on Gay Talese
Our critics discuss Thy Neighbor's Wife.
Posted Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 7:58 AM
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This month, the Audio Book Club looks at Gay Talese's Thy Neighbor's Wife—a panoramic cultural history of sex in America that concentrates mostly on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and '70s. In April, Harper released an updated edition of the book, first published in 1981. Our critics agree that it's a remarkable book: a notable example of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s that, 30 years later, "speaks to the Sodom and Gomorrah that we live in now."
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Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.
Troy Patterson is Slate's television critic.
Katie Roiphe, professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, is the author most recently of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages, and the forthcoming In Praise of Messy Lives.