REWIND: Frank Sinatra Has A Cold
We’ve all read them. The lengthy, immersive articles with famous, if not slightly offbeat subjects. They play games with their own chronology, and seamlessly stitch anecdotes and quotes or songs or poetry into what’s functionally a deep-dive newspaper article. Part novel, part news, the technique was so powerful it came to be called New Journalism.
Gay Talese started it all with this massive article, published in Esquire during the spring of 1966. Swing through the life of an imminently powerful, irritable Sinatra, complete with all night benders in Vegas. Francis’s mom plays machine politics. A rough comic named Don Rickles dares to heckle Frank. Dino pours a bottle of whiskey over his own head.