New York Covers Breakthrough Moments

"When I was 15, I was doing what I’m still doing at 83. Otherwise I’d be sweeping the streets."

CYZ4CunWAAEiqS9The latest New York cover story features celebrities and creative types telling their “breakthrough moment.” The entire piece is great, but below are some excerpts from our favorites.

Gay Talese:

When I was a high-school student, a sophomore, in my little town, Ocean City, New Jersey, 1947, I got a job for the town weekly. I was a schoolboy reporter, and I was getting stories published in the town weekly about the school’s activities. I knew I only had one chance in my life to get a job, and it was this great job. I was like this is what I want to do. When I was 15, I was doing what I’m still doing at 83. Otherwise I’d be sweeping the streets.

David Remnick:

…We had an East German telex machine, and all of a sudden it turned on, and I got a note from Barbara Epstein, the co-editor of The New York Review of Books, asking me to write a piece for them, and suddenly the world, which seemed very, very far away, became a little closer.

Martha Stewart:

There was one party in New York for the Folk Art Museum — they had an antique show at the Armory. And I brought in the food and decorations. That armory is a giant place, and they allowed me to bring in my beautiful chickens — a rare breed. I brought them in poultry cages and people were shocked to see real chickens alive and well.

Jerry Seinfeld:

…I handed in my apron — I remember the moment so clearly. It was a red apron, and I gave it to the guy across the bar, and I knew this was the greatest moment of my life. I knew that I would never again not be telling jokes to make money.