Gay Talese Might Own 80 Pairs of Shoes in All, But He’s Never Counted Them

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U.S. author Gay Talese attends Letterature 2011 - Festival Internazionale di Roma at the Letterature House on May 23, 2011 in Rome, Italy. Photo: Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images

However, the author tells The Wall Street Journal, "I don't own a pair of sneakers. I don't have bluejeans — neither blend in with my day."