Frank Sinatra Has a Cold: And Other Essays Paperback – 3 March 2011
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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 most celebrated magazine articles ever published, describes a morose Frank Sinatra silently nursing a glass of bourbon, struck down with a cold and unable to sing, like 'Picasso without paint, Ferrari without fuel - only worse'. The other writings in this selection include a description of a meeting between two legends, Fidel Castro and Muhammad Ali; a brilliantly witty dissection of the offices of Vogue magazine; an account of travelling to Ireland with hellraising actor Peter O'Toole; and a profile of fading baseball star Joe DiMaggio, which turns into a moving, immaculately-crafted meditation on celebrity.
Gay Talese (b. 1932) 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. He lives in New York with his wife, Nan Talese.
If you enjoyed Frank Sinatra has a Cold, you might like George Orwell's Essays, also published in Penguin Modern Classics.
'The best American prose of the second half of the twentieth century'
'The best non-fiction writer in America'
Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather
'A masterful New Journalism pioneer ... raises the magazine article to the level of an art form'
Los Angeles Times
'A masterful New Journalism pioneer ... raises the magazine article to the level of an art form' ― Los Angeles Times
About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin Classics (3 March 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141194154
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141194158
- Reading age : Baby and up
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
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Three of the articles feature boxers of note: Joe Louis, Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali. Of these the most gripping seems to me to be the one on Patterson, probably the best piece of writing in the collection. Here we feel that Talese forgets himself, and is genuinely caught up in the emotional states of his subject. The Ali article , apart from showing his subject painfully in the grip of Parkinson's, is much more concerned with Castro and Cuba and tells us little that is new. Apparently, the title essay about Sinatra won few accolades from the family, who found it both offensive and inaccurate. If it serves any general purpose, it is that it is all but impossible to live any kind of consistent inner life under the enormous pressure of fame such as Frank Sinatra knew. I have a sense that Talese both bathes in the glow of the great man, while diminishing him at every opportunity. There are flashes of humour and insight, but the tone of the articles seems to me to be dictated by Talese's sense of his own importance.