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SF-based writer David Talbot recovering after suffering stroke

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Prolific San Francisco writer and journalist David Talbot is recovering after suffering a stroke earlier this month, his family revealed Monday.

David Talbot’s family is seeking assistance as he regains his health after suffering a stroke Nov. 18, and he remains hospitalized, his son Joe Talbot told the San Francisco Examiner.

“Even when it looked bad he was in good spirits,” said Joe Talbot, 27. “He’s in his usual form, knows the names of the kids of the nurses at the hospital, and knows them all well and is joking with them.”

David Talbot is author of the books “Season of the Witch” as well as “The Devil’s Chessboard.” Shortly after working as features editor for the San Francisco Examiner, David Talbot founded online political outlet Salon.com in 1995, for which he is perhaps best known.

More recently, David Talbot’s column “Feed the Beast” appeared in the Examiner last year before he became a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

David Talbot, who lives in Bernal Heights, has recovered his cognitive abilities following the stroke, his son said. Still, he requires extensive physical rehabilitation, according to his GoFundMe page. “He has motor deficits that will require months of intense physical rehabilitation before he can work again,” the family wrote on the page.

The family is seeking $65,000 in donations to aid in David Talbot’s recovery. His wife Camille has taken time off from writing, and without either Camille or David working, finances will be especially tight, the family wrote in their GoFundMe page.

“My mom’s been a real hero,” Joe Talbot said. “[My dad] was by her beside when she had cancer and she’s been that and more for him. She’s been [at the hospital] every night.”

Camille, Joe Talbot, his brother Nat Talbot and David Talbot all shared Thanksgiving dinner together at the hospital. Though David Talbot was unable to eat, he was “just there being sweet,” Joe Talbot said.

His son added that even if a supporter of his father’s cannot give monetarily, reaching out to him via Facebook would be appreciated.

“He realized he could read the other day and almost cried,” Joe Talbot said.

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