The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur's Motel

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"On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller 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 an astonishing secret, that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. He had built an attic “observation platform," fitted with vents, through which he could peer down on his unwitting guests. Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man|Gerald Foos|verified his story in person, and read some of his extensive journals, a secret record of America's changing social and sexual mores. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold. Now, after thirty-five years, he's ready to go public and Talese can finally tell his story. The Voyeur's Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism, and one of the most talked about books of the year." --Publisher's description.
Publisher: [New York] : Grove Press, Black Cat, 2016.
ISBN: 9780802189738
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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May 05, 2019

Just read an article in Toronto magazine about " The Queen St. Voyeur" He used hidden cameras to take pix of nude women , including his renters and friends .

He was caught and charged. What struck me was how devastated most of the victims were when they found out.
Foos went undetected, in his motel, so his victims were spared the humiliation of knowing their privacy was violated.

Foos's sports memorabilia collecting was epic too.

Talese wrote bestseller " Thy Neighbor's Wife" about sexual revolution , and also participated in the life to do research .

It's an explicit book about an unusual Mr. Foos.

StaceyM_KCMO Dec 24, 2018

Disturbing, yet deliciously enthralling at the same time. Aren't we all voyeurs in some sense of the word (maybe not as drastic as Gerald Foos, but as readers who glimpse the inner lives of other people through the written word)? Foos himself is an interesting, if unreliable, character - do we believe he sees what he says he saw when evidence shows the contrary? In any case, I know I won't be able to look at hotel air vents the same way again.

Sep 04, 2018

Interesting book, but I find it hard to believe most of what was written & yes, as one person wrote it's true about the next time you go to a cheesy motel (haven't in years, thankfully) the contents of this book will come to mind! There are parts that I feel have been added to spice up the non-story - mostly dull... But still, the read was interesting!

OPL_JaneS May 03, 2018

A lo-fi book for the Information Age, Talese's "The Voyeur's Motel" tells the true story of a man obsessed with spying on his guests. Considering himself to be a sex researcher on the order of Kinsey or Masters & Johnson, Gerald Foos spied on his motel customers for decades in their most intimate moments, getting a front-row seat for the bulk of the Sexual Revolution.

KimG_KCMO Jan 11, 2018

In 2017, Netflix released a documentary based on this book. Titled Voyeur, you can see it here:

Nov 20, 2016

He makes a fair comment at the end of the book when he compares his victimless voyeurism to that of Big Brother in the U.S. today. As both of the motels he claims to have done his voyeuristic activities are torn down I have to wonder if this actually took place. However, the author, Gay Talese claims to have joined Mr. Foos at least once. Hard not to think about this the next time you stay at a cheesy motel.

Sep 30, 2016

Asinine. This was like reading some lonely dude's letters to Penthouse. I do not doubt that this motel owner spied on hundreds of people over the years, but I doubt the truthfulness of what he witnessed, and I absolutely question his "objective" opinion on what he saw. Terrible journalism on the part of Telese as well.

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