"I wanted to write about people that others weren’t writing about. I wanted to move the realm of curiosity into the lives of people who had been ignored, because I thought they had something to say and their lives had something to represent in terms of higher reality. That has been part of the style that I have followed, in terms of nonfiction, indulging my curiosity. The first stage is curiosity and looking at the world in a different way. It is seeing nonfiction as a creative form of telling the story of your time. ... Curiosity is the beginning."
— Gay Talese