The Voyeur’s Motel

The Voyeur’s Motel

Gay Talese


Grove Press









On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. “Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America,” the letter began, “I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.” The man went on to tell Talese a remarkable, shocking secret, so compelling that Talese traveled to Colorado to verify it in person. But because the letter-writer insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, certain the story would remain untold.

Over the next thirty-five years, the man occasionally reached out to Talese to fill him in on the latest developments in his life, but he continued to insist on anonymity. Finally, after thirty-five years, he’s ready to go public.

In the tradition of Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Talese’s landmark, best-selling exploration of the sexual revolution in America, this will be a provocative, eye-opening, and much-talked-about book.

Gay Talese was born in Ocean City, New Jersey, in 1932, to Italian immigrant parents. He attended the University of Alabama, and after graduating was hired as a copyboy at the New York Times. After a brief stint in the army, Talese returned to the New York Times in 1956. Since then he has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, the New Yorker, Newsweek, and Harper...

语言很简洁流畅,内容对我来说算是个冲击,现在对酒店有种莫名的恐惧,写在25%阅读的当下//Foos先生偷窥行为让我觉得恐怖,他对各种sexuality的开放和包容,对男性的失望对蕾丝边那种还蛮温柔的认同又让我觉得他也许真的是个人类性学家?我不是被洗脑了吧?写到45%阅读的当下;成书以后 Foos曝光,他的生活有变化么,被起诉了么,房子卖掉了么,collection卖掉了么?
A weird book about weird people doing weird things, and I wouldn’t have put it down if the house were on fire
将自己视为人类观察家,甚至与斯诺登相提并论,担得起“whistle-blower”美名的偷窥狂。见证美国性开放、媒介变革并批判如今government监控民众现象的自恋狂。满足欲望的过程中开拓了新的性视野,对人性产生怀疑。姑且不论是否变态,其收藏运动员卡片的爱好和五十年两段婚姻中只出过一次轨的坚定让人称奇。Gay Talese还是很会写,尤其结尾:偷窥者面对只剩一片废墟的自己的试验室,坦然告别,“I’ve seen enough.”
A weird but provocative account, though I would consider it normal if it had happened in Japan. Somehow I thought of my first studio assignment, the design of a bathroom, which later expanded to a drive-in theater, nailed the distinction of public/private to my brain. I would add a programatic space just like the sandstone retreat for a makeover.
One of the most interesting books I’ve read!
之前在pocket里读到了转述这个故事的长文,非常精彩。 ############# 为了重新捡起长文阅读,从这本开始看了。 Foos的观察(偷窥)记录还是很有意思的,虽然违法,不过是很真实的人性记录,且反映了时代变化。 某些案例很有趣,关于男女婚姻生活,关于女同,越战受伤军人,贫穷工薪阶层,swap couples, incest, drug dealings, even a murder,对人性的质疑,以及对无处不在的government voyeurism的反思。 不过有时候性描写过于详细以至于看多了有点乏味。