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Nat Hentoff

Nathan Irving "Nat" Hentoff (June 10, 1925 – January 7, 2017) was an American historian, novelist, jazz and country music critic, and syndicated columnist for United Media. Hentoff was the jazz critic for The Village Voice from 1958 to 2009. Following his departure from The Village Voice, Hentoff moved his music column to The Wall Street Journal, which published his work until his death. He often wrote on First Amendment issues, vigorously defending the freedom of the press.

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[Arthur Koestler] wrote some other very interesting books, but that book - I mean, if I were teachin ...

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[Cardinal John O'Connor] had [my wife] Margot and me over for drinks a couple of times. That was som ...

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[Barack Obama] pledged to end torture, but he has continued the CIA renditions where you kidnap peop ...

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[I wanted] to play the clarinet well so I could be in Duke Ellington's band, but that's now impossib ...

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[Left] are very hesitant to criticize [Barack] Obama, but that is beginning to change.

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What we have now in America is a surveillance society.

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[Barack Obama to be] much worse [than George W. Bush].

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[George W.] Bush was led astray and we were led astray.

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However, I never thought that [George W.] Bush himself was, in any sense, "evil."

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I write a syndicated column for The Washington Post that goes to about 200, 250 papers.

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Fortune ought to be a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.

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Bill Clinton outshines John Adams in that regard.

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[Bill Clinton] has called for expanded wiretaps for the FBI.

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I think one thing we share [with my wife] is a complete bottomless disdain for Bill Clinton.

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Inside that quietude there was the firmest of wills. [Bill Shawn] knew exactly what he wanted to do.

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