Meanwhile, Esquire senior writer Bill Zehme's The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin' is a treatise on how to live the good life, as perfected by Francis Albert. This isn't smug retro-hipster stuff, but rather as deep and detailed a book as you'll find on how a generation of American men aspired to comport themselves, with the word from Sinatra on everything from what socks to wear to how to endure a broken heart.
And if you do need a book that shovels, read Rat Pack Confidential by Shawn Levy, which has all the mob dirt, the Kennedy dirt and the hitty-punchy stuff, as well as a heart as big as Dino's liver.
Don't forget that tonight—if you're reading this on Thursday, March 8—is when the Django Club meets at the Barn restaurant in Tustin (714-259-0115) and does that Django Reinhardt jazz real good. Plus, the bitchen nucleus of the group appears Sunday at the Vertical Winebar in Laguna Beach (949-494-0990).