The thrillsville of it all...
October 8, 2013 10:55 AM Subscribe
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Gay Talese's "Frank Sinatra Has A Cold
" appeared in Esquire Magazine in April 1966. Sinatra had turned down interview requests from Esquire for years and refused to be interviewed for the profile. Rather than give up, Talese spent the three months following and observing the man and interviewing any members of his entourage who were willing to speak -- and the final story was published without Sinatra's cooperation or blessing. In 2003, editors pronounced it the best article the magazine had ever published. Nieman Storyboard interviewed Talese last month about the piece and has annotated it with his comments.
"In fewer than 15,000 words Mr Talese managed to capture the man, the music, the life, the actor, the style, not to mention the booze, broads, brawls, the spills and, as the man himself might have said, the thrillsville of it all
Additional background from Wikipedia
Author and Journalist Tom Wolfe dubbed Gay Talese the founder of a "New Journalism," in which narrative literary techniques are incorporated into a journalist's reporting
. "I respected [news writers] because they got it right, but I didn’t want to emulate them in any way because they were boring,” Talese said. "It is getting it right, and then being a storyteller. And that means you have to have characters."
Also from Nieman Storyboard: Why is this so good
New Yorker: Notes from Underground
The Paris Review: Gay Talese, The Art of Nonfiction No. 2
. They also have his outline for the story
, written on a shirt board.
NPR (2003): Slate founding editor Michael Kinsley interviews Talese for Day to Day
Big Think: Gay Talese and New Journalism