R.I.P.: Nat Hentoff

Understood him a lot better after I moved to Boston. Steeped in an intellectual culture. Outsized passions about art in particular. Shield of righteousness badly marred by shitstains. If you haven’t read Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya it’s a must, a cultural landmark where jazz musicians got have their own voices. And if you care about the form at all, you have to have Jazz Is on the shelf.

Final lessons: fighting for freedom is a complex and even contradictory path; elevating gender is as important as elevating race.

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