It’s been 17 years since André Leon Talley, the former Vogue editor at large, published his first memoir, “A.L.T.” On this week’s podcast, Talley talks about “The Chiffon Trenches,” his new book about his time in the highest reaches of the fashion world.
“The first book was clearly a memoir about my grandmother and Diana Vreeland. Both these ladies were very important in my life,” Talley says. “I did cover some of the things of my upbringing, my background, but I did not go into the depths of what I have gone into in ‘The Chiffon Trenches.’ In ‘The Chiffon Trenches,’ it is my epistle of love to the important narrative of my life, beginning from my humble upbringing in North Carolina, all the way to 2020. I go through the decades of when I was at the top of my career at Vogue, and sitting in the front row in Paris, experiencing racism, sexism, ageism, all of that. I decided I had to be very, very raw and honest.”
The Book Review recently asked the prominent American poets Claudia Rankine and Jericho Brown to write original poems responding to this historic moment in our country. On this week’s episode, Rankine reads “Weather,” and Brown reads “Say Thank You Say I’m Sorry.”