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Christmas pairings.

December 19, 2011 \am\31 8:51 am

Some things just go together this time of year: Santa and cookies, gifts and trees, fruitcake and hard liquor.

Books and music also pair nicely around Christmas. Here is the WWAATD Pairing Guide. Enjoy.

The Dean Martin Christmas Album ranks as one of the booziest holiday celebrations known to man. Fitting, since the ship’s captain was known as one of the booziest men known to man. It sounds like he could forget the lyrics at any moment.

Spin this album with Nich Tosches’ fantastic DINO: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams and it all starts to make more sense.  Told partially as a straight biography and partially as fictional reenactment, Tosches adds life and sadness to Martin that never ceases to amaze.

Fitting segue, since Frank Sinatra’s Jolly Christmas ranks among the saddest Christmas records in history. Recorded during a Los Angeles heatwave while Old Blues Eyes was getting over a divorce to Ava gardener and another failed marriage proposal. Frank sounds like he’d like nothing more than a bullet in the head for the holiday. Which, oddly, is how many family Christmas fiascos feel around our house.

A nice companion is The Gay Talese Reader. Talese was Esquire‘s king of feature writing in the 60s an the book is packed with stunningly beautiful profiles of celebrities. However, his most famous piece–arguably the finest piece of magazine journalism ever– is “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.”  A story that paints the egomaniacal, sad sack Sinatra as exactly that, but done with an elegance that is hard to forget.



The Jackson Five Christmas album is one of Motown’s finest achievements in an embarrassment of riches.

Yes, we all know the Jackson’s had a childhood that would make Baby Jessica sad, so let’s not focus on any of those tomes.  Hey, look! Jermaine Jackson wrote a book. Way to go, Other Jackson Brother Not Named Tito!

  1. December 21, 2011 \am\31 10:17 am 10:17 am

    Hey pallie, likes Mr. Wensink what a great seasonal trib to our most beloved Dino. No one sings winter likes our Dino and no one scribes ’bout our great man like Mr. Nick Tosches.
    Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool….oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth! Know that your Dino-reflections are bein’ shared this very day with the pallies gathered at ilovedinomartin….

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