“I may not get the piece we’d hoped for—the real Frank Sinatra but perhaps, by not getting it—and by getting rejected constantly and by seeing his flunkies protecting his flanks—we will be getting close to the truth about the man.”
-written by Gay Talese in a letter to Esquire’s editor Harold Hayes
I just finished reading Frank Sinatra Has A Cold, a seminal piece of magazine journalism written by Gay Talese for the April 1966 issue of Esquire magazine.
If you’ve never heard of it until now (just like me) definitely give it a shot, it’s down right fantastic.
Also read an informative article about Esquire during the 1960′s written by Frank DiGiacomo for Vanity Fair. It gives further background into the making of the Talese piece.
(thanks to B.B. for the tip)