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Sat Dec 12, 2015, 08:19 PM Dec 2015

"Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" - Gay Talese

"In the winter of 1965, writer Gay Talese arrived in Los Angeles with an assignment from Esquire to profile Frank Sinatra. The legendary singer was approaching fifty, under the weather, out of sorts, and unwilling to be interviewed. So Talese remained in L.A., hoping Sinatra might recover and reconsider, and he began talking to many of the people around Sinatra -- his friends, his associates, his family, his countless hangers-on -- and observing the man himself wherever he could.

The result, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," ran in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of what came to be called New Journalism -- a work of rigorously faithful fact enlivened with the kind of vivid storytelling that had previously been reserved for fiction. The piece conjures a deeply rich portrait of one of the era's most guarded figures and tells a larger story about entertainment, celebrity, and America itself. We're very pleased to republish it here."

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"Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" - Gay Talese (Original Post) trof Dec 2015 OP
Bookmarking for the DU downtime underpants Dec 2015 #1
This is really worth a read guys. trof Dec 2015 #2
Just read it! TuxedoKat Dec 2015 #3
I just read it. That was fantastic underpants Jan 2016 #4


(183,259 posts)
1. Bookmarking for the DU downtime
Sat Dec 12, 2015, 08:23 PM
Dec 2015

I would highly recommend "Havana Nocturne" by t. J. English.

Anyway see you on the other side trof.


(183,259 posts)
4. I just read it. That was fantastic
Sat Jan 23, 2016, 10:37 AM
Jan 2016

Perfect for a snowbound day like this. Thanks. I posted it on FB but this not the quick short attention span type thing that gets many looks.

Incredible writing about a unique character in Americana.

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