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Interviewing a Legend

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In 1965, Esquire magazine assigned Gay Talese the task of interviewing the legendary Frank Sinatra, who was approaching 50 years of age. Unfortunately Sinatra was unwilling to be interviewed. Talese, however, was determined and stayed in Los Angeles and spoke to Sinatra’s family and friends and observed the man himself.  The result was one of the greatest magazine stories ever published, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.”

This story is an example of what came to be known as New Journalism- a style of nonfiction writing using storytelling and conversational speech usually associated with fiction. NIAF honored Gay Talese for his literary contributions during its 23rd Anniversary Gala in 1998.

Read “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” in Esquire- http://bit.ly/15Ugo