The Nat Hentoff Reader by Nat Hentoff

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From the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech, and civil rights to jazz, blues and country music, Nat Hentoff has written about American life for decades, in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, and JazzTimes, among countless other publications. The New York Times has hailed Hentoff's work as "an invigorating and entertaining reminder of why freedom of expression matters." The Washington Post Book World has called Hentoff "an old-fashioned music lover who likes, as Charlie Parker once put it, 'to listen to the stories' that good music tells." Nat Hentoff is a legend.And now, for the first time, here are his most important writings of the past twenty years—the quintessential Hentoff on everything from Cardinal John O'Connor to Merle Haggard, racism and political correctness in the classroom to Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie to the censorship of Huckleberry Finn. Controversial? You bet. Whatever the topic, The Nat Hentoff Reader shows a man of passion and insight, of streetwise wit and polished eloquence-a true American original.
 

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Nat Hentoff is the first Jazz critic every named a "Jazz Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
Published October 1, 2001 by Da Capo Press. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Fortunately, Hentoff's passions--jazz, civil liberties, his pro-life stance--generate some good stories, as do his tales of the New Yorker (where William Shawn gave him his wings) and the ever-fractious Village Voice, for which he still writes a weekly column on civil liberties (he also writes a ...

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Hentoff, music critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of numerous books on jazz and other subjects, has had a virtual lifelong love affair with jazz and country music.

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Many of the pieces here thus focus on First Amendment issues—from the banning of books and the censoring of student newspapers in high schools, to community attacks on a grade school teacher as being a Satanist for reading her students fairy tales.

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