Tina Fey, female writer, is not impressed by Gay Talese

In an interview with the AP about the success of her book "Bossypants," Fey squeezes in a zinger at the end

Published April 5, 2016 7:27PM (EDT)

Tina Fey   (AP/Rich Fury)
Tina Fey (AP/Rich Fury)

"New journalism" icon Gay Talese has faced scrutiny this past week for failing to cite a single female writer who inspired him.

At "The Power of Narrative" conference at Boston University, Talese also claimed female writers are uninterested in “uneducated” or “anti-social” subjects, according to the Washington Post.

The latest among those speaking out was Tina Fey, who, in an email interview with the Associated Press about the success of her collection of essays, "Bossypants," threw in a last-second jab at Talese.

Asked for nonfiction recommendations, Fey answered, "I enjoyed Diane Von Furstenberg's autobiography. I loved 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I'm currently reading 'Dinosaurs in the Attic' — non-fiction about the American Museum of Natural History."

She clarified, however, "Nothing by Gay Talese has moved me."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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