Gay Talese: Drinking at New York Times Put Mad Men to Shame

Mad Men brings us back to a bygone era, the ear­ly 60s, when alco­hol flowed freely through­out the work­ing day. (Watch this mon­tage to get up to speed.) An act of his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism, many might think. But, appar­ent­ly not so. Accord­ing to a piece in The New York Times, the show basi­cal­ly gets it right. Alco­hol was as com­mon in offices as office sup­plies. And then we have this: Gay Talese, the best­selling author and jour­nal­ist, remem­ber­ing the Times news­room dur­ing the same era – a crew bare­ly fit to pub­lish the news that’s fit to print.

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  • Hell, if you talk to some folks work­ing in Lon­don today, I bet you could find sim­i­lar sto­ries. The pub­lish­ing world is renowned (with per­son­al expe­ri­ence) for get­ting things done “down the pub” involv­ing (usu­al­ly) 2 pints.

    You know the joke about how to look sober at a pub­lish­er’s launch par­ty, don’t you? Stand next to a print­er.

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