June 26, 2018
What the world discovers when Frank Sinatra’s book ends
by Melville House
It’s a sultry summer Tuesday, the world is absolutely baffling, and it’s as good a time as any to enjoy Frank “Second-Best Thing to Come from Hoboken” Sinatra and Kim Novak singing Rodgers and Hart’s I Could Write a Book, one of the better-known tunes from the 1940 musical Pal Joey. This clip is from George Sidney’s 1957 film adaptation, which also stars Rita Hayworth.
I Could Write a Book is notable for being built on one of the most extended literary metaphors in the whole of the American songbook, and is sung here by two of the most charismatic entities photons have ever bounced off of. (Okay, mostly one charismatic entity, but Novak comes in at the end.) And with lyrics like “The simple secret of the plot / Is just to tell them that I love you a lot” — well, who are you to resist the charms of this song?
Also, just a reminder, apropos of none of the preceding, if you’re in New York, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, or Maryland today: vote.
And now, without further ado: