Search Results: "Nat Hentoff"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 15, 1986

"In the grand scheme of things, Hentoff's life isn't exactly time-capsule material; even so, this jazz buff should learn the difference between memoir-writing and personal horn-blowing."
Jazz critic and social writer Hentoff recalls his early years and formative influences in this stream-of-consciousness memoir. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 9, 1975

"As for the plot, Sam is accused of shaking down a little kid but the real villains—three tough tenth graders who have been victimizing a number of younger boys—break down with such alacrity upon confrontation in the office that it's clear even the author isn't all that interested in his individuals and events."
It seems at first that Hentoff, with his characteristically heavy hand, must be setting you up for an indictment of the anachronistic, dictatorial school that Sam's father heads and Sam, twelve, reluctantly attends. Read full book review >

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JAZZ IS by Nat Hentoff
Released: Sept. 28, 1976

"Since there is no writer who has brought it all together for jazz the way, say, Edwin Denby has for dance, young readers and newcomers might use this book as a catalogue from which future reading and listening can be chosen."
A collection of quotes and anecdotes loosely organized around eleven influential personalities (Ellington, Holiday, Armstrong, Wilson, Mulligan, Davis, Mingus, Parker, Coltrane, Taylor, and Barbieri), some recent developments, and "the political economy of jazz"—a chapter title as misleading as the book's. Read full book review >

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DOES ANYBODY GIVE A DAMN? by Nat Hentoff
Released: March 1, 1977

"Articulate, selective reporting."
Ten years ago, when Hentoff wrote Our Children Are Dying, he introduced Dr. Elliott Shapiro, a Harlem principal of exceptional decency and intelligence who nimbly circumvented the inanities of the New York City school system and welcomed the community into P.S. 119. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Nonetheless, those seeking a clear and consistent analysis of the meaning of free speech will be disappointed."
In a sometimes confused, sometimes admirable polemic, Hentoff (John Cardinal O'Connor, 1988, etc.) argues against restraints on free expression in a wide variety of contemporary contexts. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1988

"Mean-while, Hentoffs brilliant and engrossing portrait will surprise many liberal Catholics—and provoke many others into a reassessment of the man and his message."
John O'Connor's first four years as the Archbishop of N.Y.C. have often engulfed him in contention and controversy. Read full book review >

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IN THE COUNTRY OF OURSELVES by Nat Hentoff
Released: Oct. 1, 1971

"Less a novel than a fictionalized nonposition paper, this might yet prod the complacent of any stripe with its savvy reporting of what's going down today — and maybe coming up tomorrow."
A loose tribe of high school revolutionaries (students and teachers), each on his own ego trip, attempts to turn the school around in a series of maneuvers that begins when a black students' club is denied permission to hear a speaker they've invited and culminates in a student strike just before the school year ends. Read full book review >

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CALL THE KEEPER by Nat Hentoff
Released: July 16, 1966

"Cool it baby."
Nat Hentoff certainly knows the scene and he has been writing about it successfully for some years now as knowledgeable author, jazz critic, essayist and, last year, creator of the acclaimed juvenile Jazz Country (Harper & Row 1965 p. 252(J-90)). Read full book review >

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SPEAKING FREELY by Nat Hentoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Perhaps Hentoff understood that, as interesting as his life may have been, the world needs ideas expressed clearly more than it needs another memoir."
Memos packaged as a memoir from Village Voice and Washington Post columnist Hentoff (Listen to the Stories, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1995

"Hentoff combines a fan's passion, a scholar's mind, and a poet's sensibility to illuminate one of the most elusive and distinctly American phenomena-jazz musicians and their music."
Hentoff covers the big-band and bebop eras with style and grace, providing insights into the lives and work of such greats as Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1982

"As such it's accessibly well-reasoned, timely once more despite the ancient heritage of all the arguments, and probably better off without the extracurricular padding."
A fictionalized airing of the book censorship issue, set in a high school with a weak, oily principal, a strong and principled English teacher, and a new librarian. Read full book review >

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JAZZ COUNTRY by Nat Hentoff
Released: April 21, 1965

"Here is a book with something important to say about the sacrifices demanded of the artist in a way that makes a strong appeal to boys — and that's a rare combination."
16 year old white boys from New York's east 70's don't gain an easy admittance to the jazz country of Negro band leaders like Moses Godfrey. Read full book review >