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Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and Other Essays

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Gay Talese is the father of American new journalism, who transformed traditional reportage with his vivid scene-setting, sharp observation and rich storytelling. This is a collection of his work.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published 2011 by Penguin Books (first published 1965)
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Khairul H.
Dec 28, 2011 Khairul H. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: students of journalism, anyone who wants to know how to write beautifully
‘Hi, sweetheart!’ Joe Louis called to his wife, spotting her waiting for him at the Los Angeles airport.

She smiled, walked toward him, and was about to stretch up on her toes and kiss him, but suddenly stopped. ‘Joe,’ she said, ‘where’s your tie?’

‘Aw, sweetie,’ he said, shrugging, ‘I stayed out all night in New York and didn’t have time.’

‘All night!’ she cut in. ‘When you’re out here all you do is sleep, sleep, sleep.’

‘Sweetie,’ Joe Louis said, with a tired grin, ‘I’m an ole man.’

‘Yes,’ she agre
Gay Talese, giornalista di origini italiane, ci accompagna alla scoperta di personaggi che hanno segnato la Storia, quali Muhammad Alì, Frank Sinatra, Peter O'Toole, Joe Di Maggio, e altri invece sconosciuti, come i valorosi sarti di Maida. Non lo fa col metodo classico del reportage, ma con lo stile che contraddistingue il New Journalism: raccontare i fatti come un romanzo. Ecco che ci si trova a passare una giornata in compagnia di queste celebrità o di questi anonimi, rivivendone i dialoghi, ...more
Thomas Bousquet
3 essays stand out: 'The Loser', 'Origins of a Non-Fiction Writer' and - excellent in every way - 'Mr Bad News'. I find that Talese strives in the mundane and the world of crafts, capturing corners of existence in their entirety while mainly observing the anecdotal. This is why I appreciated more the essays about hidden, unfamous people. Conversely the other pieces - namely the ones centering on Sinatra and Ali - suffer from the fact that they depict situations which can be fully credited to the ...more
Unfortunately, I rushed through the first half of this essay collection, impatient to read the title essay "Frank Sinatra has a cold", lured by the many positive reviews and the urban legend that Talese wasn't given the possibility to interview Frank and had to build a story around the man instead, by getting to know his whole entourage. Well, curiosity killed the cat and the Frank Sinatra essay wasn't as good as I had expected it to be, however the father of "New Journalism" tugged at my heart ...more
Tia Raina
Gay Talese is a great writer and his talent and way with words is something you rarely come across even in pieces of writing today. Each essay paints a wonderfully realistic picture of its subject. I must say, though, that the last essay sent a chill down my spine, and was absolutely the best of the lot.
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Gay Talese's take on the art of writing within the non fiction genre is quite something. His style is insightful, at times painful, emotional, readable, and just an absolute joy. Instead of a straightforward interview, you get the nuances of the person at the heart of the article. And who can ignore a book entitled Frank Sinatra has a Cold and other essays! Stupendous.”
Gay Talese seems to look at his subject in a really in depth way and tells their story with a lot of familiarity. It's a really interesting style and works really well, but I did find the stories covering people I wasn't really aware of/a fan of quite slow.
Karen Rye
Exquisite and insightful writing. Feels honest and intimate whilst carefully reflecting the era. All subjects, including himself in the final essay, are carefully, honestly and emotionally reported.
as good as literary nonfiction gets. as beautifully crafted as the best of novels plus the added value of wikipediability. cool stuff.
Justin de la Cruz
A great collection of Talese's most famous essays, including his profiles on Frank Sinatra, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali.
Quite readable--an interesting angle on the lives of some famous American people.
Peter Conti
"Frank Sinatra has a Cold" was recently voted esquires greatest article ever. Dope werk!
Malcolm Moore
The title piece gets five stars. The others all get three or four.
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Gay Talese is an American author. He wrote for The New York Times in the early 1960s and helped to define literary journalism or "new nonfiction reportage", also known as New Journalism. His most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
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