Voyeurism is the sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activityor other actions usually considered to be of a private nature. The term comes from the French voir which means "to see". A male voyeur is commonly labelled as "Peeping Tom" or a "Jags", a term which originates from the Lady Godiva legend.
By Peter Bart. The project started as a 15,word article in The New Yorker by Talese about his experience with a Colorado voyeur who bought a motel and renovated it to allow him to watch his guests having sex. He then canceled his film deal.
If you follow the weather in the teapot of publishing, you'll know that year-old New Journalism icon Gay Talese has had a rocky year. He was already drawing heavy fire for a disastrous performance at a Boston University conference — during which he said that no women had influenced his writing and asked a black reporter for The New York Times how she got her job — when The New Yorker published the essay that forms the backbone of "The Voyeur's Motel," an account of Talese's acquaintance with one Gerald Foos, a Colorado motel owner who from the late '60s to the mid-'90s spied on his guests through concealed panels in the rooms' ceilings. Foos would observe these strangers' sexual practices, often while pleasuring himself, then record his observations in a journal.
Grove Press. Talese — whose use of the tools of fiction to propel factual accounts helped found New Journalism in the s — drops the self-impeaching evidence casually. Calling into doubt the veracity of his book, Talese writes that the suburban Denver motel owner Gerald Foos claims to have started observing and transcribing the private business of his guests inpeering down at them through 6-byinch surveillance grates he installed in the ceilings of a dozen rooms of his unit motel. But not so Talese, who only shrugs at the revelation that his main source has lied to him without detailing the fibs.
Together, through one of those vents, they watched as a young couple made love. He often masturbated or had sex with his wife in the attic while ogling his victims. He scribbled graphic yet stiffly clinical notes in his journal, chronicled the sexual behaviors of young lovers, middle-aged couples, lesbians, gays, gigolos, prostitutes, threesomes, cheaters, and on and on.
Director Sam Mendes' next project has been shaken not stirred by controversy, but could it mean a return to the James Bond franchise? The British filmmaker revealed to Deadline Wednesday that his planned adaptation of Gay Talese's book The Voyeur's Motel has been dropped after discovering there is a definitive documentary about the story already made. Talese's book is about Gerald Foos, a motel owner in Colorado, who admitted to peeping on guests while staying at his motel—observing them during intimate sex acts.
While Gay Talese was away for the July Fourth weekend, a large piece of masonry fell through his ceiling and destroyed part of his desk. Gerald Foos, the voyeur of his new book, was an Aurora, Colorado, motel owner who spied on his guests for years through custom-made vents in the attic. After three decades of correspondence, Foos finally allowed Talese to use his name inand the book proceeded quickly by Talesian standards.
Gerald Foos, the story goes, is a man whose life was spent in the shadows, lurking in an attic above the Manor House Motel, where for more than 20 years he observed guests fight, sleep, watch TV, shower, and have sex. After purchasing the motel, Foos had—with the help of his wife—installed special air vents in the ceiling of most rooms, through which he scrutinized his customers, taking copious notes on the action within. He explains this to the directors of a new Netflix documentary debuting Friday because Foos has come to be that most contradictory of beings: a voyeur who wants to be seen. The movie is built around the question of what could compel both men—studious longtime observers of human behavior—to turn themselves into subjects, given all the attendant risks of exposure.
Annalisa Quinn. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. The penis, Gay Talese writes in Thy Neighbor's Wife, his book on the American sexual revolution, "knows no moral code.
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. In order to report on a motel-owning voyeur who, for years, secretly spied on guests having sex, writer Gay Talese agreed to not identify the motelier, Gerald Foos. Talese even signed a confidentiality agreement that Foos had prepared. With this agreement in place, Talese got access.