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Controversial author Harlan Ellison remade sci-fi while battling movie studios, publishers and Frank Sinatra

He also did not wilt before high-wattage celebrity. As the journalist Gay Talese recounted in his 1966 New Journalism classic “ Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” an argument between the writer and the famed ... read more

Peter Bart: Gay Talese’s Famed “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold” Becomes Hot Movie Project

I came upon the Talese-Sinatra deal saga (details later) in a conversation with Talese last week about the sorry state of the news business. Reporters today, Talese believes, are locked to their lap t... read more

Why Frank Sinatra still matters

THE MODERN MAGAZINE PROFILE “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” Gay Talese’s profile of Sinatra for Esquire magazine in 1966, was a turning point in celebrity journalism, a high-profile example of applying ne... read more

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How the definitive Obama White House oral history came together

But Abrams isn’t quite lamenting their absence. “I never actually wanted President Obama in the book because I like the ‘Frank Sinatra Has a Cold’ storytelling aspect,” Abrams says, referring to the f... read more


Michael Davis: The Truth About Harlan Ellison And The Lie He Told Us All

Give that a long hard thought. That as they say in the hood is ‘gangsta.’ Read the article “Frank Sinatra has a cold” and you’ll learn something about being true to yourself. It’s all talk for most, n... read more

Harlan Ellison, prolific and pugnacious writer of science fiction, dies at 84

In a memorable passage from Gay Talese's 1966 Esquire article, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," the singer confronted Ellison at a private club in Beverly Hills over the way he was dressed. Ellison was pla... read more

50 Years Later, Gay Talese Revisits ‘Frank Sinatra Has a Cold’

Owing to time and (lack of) effort, my intention to take notes on last night’s Gay Talese event at the Strand on a series of tailor’s shirt boards — the New Journalism pioneer’s preferred observation ... read more

Inside the legendary Gay Talese story 'Frank Sinatra Has a Cold'

Gay Talese came to be known as one of the most elegant, intelligent magazine writers of the 20th century. While he has written many brilliant pieces, the most indelible is his 1966 Esquire story headl... read more

Goodbye To Harlan Ellison, 'America's Weird Uncle'

"Frank Sinatra Has A Cold." "Sinatra probably forgot about it at once," Talese wrote, "but Ellison will remember it all his life." And that was absolutely true. But that moment? It encapsulated Elliso... read more

Gay Talese honoured for classic profile Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

A half century after completing a magazine piece that had frustrated and disappointed him, Gay Talese was honoured at the 21 Club for his landmark Esquire story on Frank Sinatra. Tom Wolfe, Robert Car... read more

The Longform Guide to Gay Talese

Advertisement Frank Sinatra Has a Cold Esquire • April 1966 Perhaps the most famous magazine article ever published, Talese captured Sinatra in a way no one else ever had without a single interview. A ... read more



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