Today I’m posting an edited and updated version of something I first put up back in October 2009:
This week in my feature writing class we’re talking about a classic Esquire feature story from the mid 1960s: Gay Talese’s Frank Sinatra Has A Cold. Here is a link to the story and several commentaries about it for your consideration. (I know, not really for Intro, but many of us are either teaching or studying feature writing!)
- Frank Sinatra Has A Cold, by Gay Talese
The article acclaimed as the best story published in Esquire.
- Paris Review – An Interview With Gay Talese
Including a great section on the Harlan Ellison part of the story.
- Gay Talese Reads an Excerpt of Sinatra on This American Life
Skip ahead to about the 38 minute mark in the program.
- Mary Louise Parker Reads Beginning of FSHAC as a bedtime story
I have no way to explain this. But it is fun.
- NPR Interview with Talese
Talese discusses the liabilities of the “new journalism.”
- C-SPAN Book TV Interview with Talese
James Reagan interviews Gay Talese in 1999 at the LA Times Festival of Books.