Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

“Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” ran in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of what came to be called New Journalism — a work of rigorously faithful fact enlivened with the kind of vivid storytelling that had previously been reserved for fiction.
By Gay Talese – Esquire
=> Souvent cité comme un des meilleurs papiers magazine “ever”. Lire aussi cette formidable interview de Gay Talese dans The Paris Review. Il y explique sa méthode (sort of…)

The Story Behind the Story

With journalists being laid off in droves, ideologues have stepped forward to provide the “reporting” that feeds the 24-hour news cycle. The collapse of journalism means that the quest for information has been superseded by the quest for ammunition. A case-study of our post-journalistic age.
By Mark Bowden

How Tina Brown Moves Magazines

Soul of the buzz machine. Tina Brown moves The New Yorker at a price.
December 5, 1993
By Elizabeth Kolbert.
=> Tina Brown restera sans doute comme la plus grande rédactrice en chef de features magazine de son époque. Elle a considérablement modernisé deux grandes publications : Vanity Fair et le New Yorker.

Vanity Fair’s Bryan Burrough on writing narrative

In what might be the only performance of Texas stand-up comedy about narrative writing, Vanity Fair writer Bryan Burrough recently offered practical tips for long-form storytelling to a Mayborn Conference audience. Prior to his magazine career, Burrough spent several years reporting for The Wall Street Journal; he has also written five books, including “Public Enemies” and “Barbarians at the Gate.” In these excerpts from his talk, Burrough addresses the best transition word ever, presents his strategy for avoiding writer’s block, and reminds you that “your words are not nearly as great as you think they are.”
=> Les papiers de Bryan Burrough dans Vanity Fair
=> Dont celui-ci :Manifest Courage (PDF), une reconstitution du Vol 93  qui s’est écrasé en Pennsylvanie le 11 septembre 2011
=> Dans la même veine (le 11 sept) : The Falling Man by Tom Junod l’histoire reconstituée de l’homme qui saute du WTC.

My Times

A year after the Jayson Blair scandal, the deposed executive editor of The New York Times answers his critics, acknowledges his mistakes, deconstructs the events that ended his tumultuous tenure, and provides a no-holds-barred assessment of what he sees as a great newspaper in crisis.
By Howell Raines
=> Le récit d’un “accident journalistique” de grande ampleur et au-delà, la tentative de Raines de faire sortir le New York Times de sa torpeur.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Angrily, painfully, Jeffrey Wigand emerged from the sealed world of Big Tobacco to confront the nation’s third-largest cigarette company, Brown & Williamson. Hailed as a hero by anti-smoking forces and vilified by the tobacco industry, Wigand is at the center of an epic multibillion-dollar struggle that reaches from Capitol Hill to the hallowed journalistic halls of CBS’s 60 Minutes.
by Marie Brenner, VF,  May 1996
=> De cette enquête exceptionnelle de la journaliste de V.F., Michael Mann en a tiré The Insider (1999), sans doute le meilleur film sur le journalisme moderne. Raines fut un grand rédacteur en chef du Times, mais son autoritarisme s’est retourné contre lui lorsque l’affaire Blair a éclaté. 

November 2004: The Path to 9/11

By the time the hijackers made their way into the U.S., memos, photographs, and intercepts had sounded alarms inside the C.I.A., White House, F.B.I., and European intelligence services. Could better cooperation have stopped the attacks? Ned Zeman, David Wise, David Rose, and Bryan Burrough show how the hideous “Planes Operation” took shape as the C.I.A.’s bin Laden point man, Mike Scheuer, counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, the F.B.I.’s John MacGaffin, and others fought—yet couldn’t work together—to prevent it.
By Ned Zeman, David Wise, David Rose, and Bryan Burrough
=> Une reconstitution exceptionnelle de ce qui a précédé le 11 septembre

Federer as Religious Experience

Almost anyone who loves tennis and follows the men’s tour on television has, over the last few years, had what might be termed Federer Moments. These are times, as you watch the young Swiss play, when the jaw drops and eyes protrude and sounds are made that bring spouses in from other rooms to see if you’re O.K. …..
By David Foster Wallace
Published: August 20, 2006
=> Un grand écrivain sur le sport.

The Man Who Fell to Shore

Reid Stowe spent 1,152 days on the open sea, the longest continuous journey ever undertaken by one person. He came back to a brand-new family, but not exactly a hero’s welcome.
By Adam Sternbergh, New York Magazine
=> Le sujet aurait pu être rasoir (mille jours en mer, où il ne se passe rien), mais la construction du papier est remarquable