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Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and Other Essays

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A selection of witty and provocative essays from the father of New Journalism, Gay Talese's Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and Other Essays is published in Penguin Modern Classics.

Gay Talese is the father of American New Journalism, who transformed traditional reportage with his vivid scene-setting, sharp observation and rich storytelling. His 1966 piece for Esquire, one of the
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Published 2011 by Penguin Classics (first published 1965)
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If you want a literary treat, then you've found it right here. It's a magazine article published in the 1966 April issue of Esquire Magazine, written by Gay Talese. Frank Sinatra Has a Cold is a snapshot of the singers life around age 50. If you are a Sinatra fan then this is a must read, and even if you are not, I think you will enjoy this wonderful piece of writing. It is considered one of the most famous pieces of magazine journalism ever written. Esquire called it "The best story Esquire eve ...more
Khairul Hezry
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“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 Si ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
صورة كاملة يناها الكاتب لفرانك سيناترا دون ان يتحدث معه في درس مهم .. ان التفاصيل الصغيرة قد تجيب على الأسئلة الكبيرة
بناء رائع ومهني تمام
Alex Sarll
The title piece is deservedly famous; a portrait of a giant foregrounding the chink in his armour, rendering him flawed and human without ever denying his talent and mystique. But it's preceded by pieces which feel like dry runs, variations on the same theme hunting that killer combination of reverence and truth-telling, all of them taking men who fit that same early Loaded template of male iconography (boxers, Peter O'Toole) and looking at them through a flaw (being past their best, making bad ...more
Feb 21, 2014 added it
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.”
Tia Raina
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: بحبهم
عظيم جدًا

دي قصة صحفية كتبها جاي تاليز لمجلة اسكواير
قصة صحفية قوامها 15 ألف كلمة يا بتوع الترافيك
انتشرت في الستينيات

قصة ممتعة جدا ونموذج الواحد يتعلم منه في الكتابة والربط
وازاي احكي قصة حياة شخص بطريقة مشوقة
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A wonderful introduction to some of the essays written by Gay Talese. He along with Hunter S Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, and Norman Mailer started new journalism, where the writer observes the life of the subject and describes it all, he goes into the details and life events and what's going on and present the whole thing in a sort of a narrative that reads like a piece of fiction but it is non fiction.

Each and every essay in this short book is amazing, smooth and fluid. It shows the auth
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ces chroniques d'un journaliste américain des années 60 à 90 sont très bien écrites et racontent bien une certaine Amérique. un plaisir à lire
Kellie Ewilson
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would add a half star to this rating if possible. These are high class essays.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
القصة جميلة جدًا، فعلًا عدم موافقة سيناترا على لقاءه ما أثرش سلبًا خالص، بل على العكس، أظن أدق صورة ممكن ترسمها لإنسان بتبقى من بعيد..

"الإبداع في الصحافة يكمن فيما تفعل بما هو متوفر بين يديك"
Lishan Chan
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Surprising observations and clear writing. A great read.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
hab nur die reportage "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" gelesen, nicht den rest, bzw. habs gar nicht als buch gelesen, sondern nur die reportage online auf esquire
Scrittori di necrologi | Untermeyer. Leggendo le frasi di Untermeyer, Whitman inarcò le sopracciglia incredulo: era convinto che Louis Untermeyer fosse già morto. L'episodio è un esempio dell'astigmatismo professionale che affligge molti scrittori di necrologi. Dopo aver redatto un coccodrillo su qualcuno, cominciano a pensare a quella persona come se fosse già morta. Da quando è passato dal lavoro di redattore a quello che svolge attualmente, Whitman ha scoperto di aver imbalsamato nella sua me ...more
Dipra Lahiri
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays, 2017
Just the best non fiction writer I have ever read.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Talese is credited with being one of the pioneers of "new journalism", which - as he himself puts it - brought the reader into close proximity to real people and places through dialogue, scene-setting, detail and colour. If this just sounds like journalism, that's surely a testament to how damn good Talese is.

This collection contains, in its portrait of two-time Sonny Liston knockout Floyd Patterson, probably the best feature journalism I've ever read. Its portrait of a Times obituarist is proba
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Thomas Bousquet
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Bob Brennan
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great set of essays that span the early sixties to the nineties. I was attracted to the book by the title essay, and was not disappointed; however, each essay was engaging. I would highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates good literature and/or just wants to step into the "hidden" worlds of some very interesting sports and entertainment personalities from this period.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Peter Conti
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Frank Sinatra has a Cold" was recently voted esquires greatest article ever. Dope werk!
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Gay Talese has never impressed me because his work is so good its imitators have made it cliche.
Justin de la Cruz
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great collection of Talese's most famous essays, including his profiles on Frank Sinatra, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Quite readable--an interesting angle on the lives of some famous American people.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
as good as literary nonfiction gets. as beautifully crafted as the best of novels plus the added value of wikipediability. cool stuff.
Karen Rye
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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.
Piego di Libri
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una grande lezione di giornalismo e di perseveranza che è diventata anche una lezione di letteratura.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Two-and-a-half stars.

I thought this merely good, not great.
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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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