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The Resource Speaking freely : a memoir, by Nat Hentoff

Speaking freely : a memoir, by Nat Hentoff

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Speaking freely : a memoir
Title
Speaking freely
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
by Nat Hentoff
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Review
  • In a continuation of his well-received memoir, Boston Boy (LJ 3/15/86), Hentoff tells here the story of his life as a writer in New York. Hentoff started outwriting about jazz in the 1950s and went on to write about his other interests,mainly civil liberties and education. In this book he reveals more about his years in the jazz world, but mostly he focuses on his involvement in the Civil Rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s. During that time he was also writing about these events for the Village Voice and later the New Yorker. Over the years,Hentoff has gained a reputation as an honest and outspoken defender of civil liberties. Though he occasionally comes across as a bit self-righteous, on balancethis is an interesting and thoughtful book. Recommended for journalism and popular culture collections.?Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.
  • Memos packaged as a memoir from Village Voice and Washington Post columnist Hentoff (Listen to the Stories, 1995, etc.). Boston Boy (1986), his first memoir, told how Hentoff came to be the person he is. This volume tells how Hentoff came to the opinions he holds, which have made him one of American journalism's most passionate defenders of free speech and one of its most controversial opponents of abortion. Despite the book's billing, it's not much of a memoir. It comes off much better as a collection of essays that, for the most part, are as provocative and interesting as Hentoff's columns. He does not hold opinions lightly, nor does he shade his views to suit his audience or to curry favor. This assurance sometimes slips into self-righteousness--especially in the lengthy sections describing his views on abortion. Nor does Hentoff always come across, even in a book in which he gets to write what he wants about himself, as the nicest or most open-minded of men. But even at his hectoring, curmudgeonly worst, Hentoff tenders writing that is refreshing for its clarity of thought and voice. He credits his style to such journalist mentors as I.F. Stone and George Seldes, but even more to his first and abiding heroes, jazz musicians, "those embodiments of free expression." There are some inside stories here about life at the Voice and the New Yorker, where he was a long-time reporter, but was "retired" by its current editor, Tina Brown. And there are a couple of chapters about his wives and children, wedged in among the opinions. But it's opinions that command center stage here, with life as little more than the stage set. Perhaps Hentoff understood that, as interesting as his life may have been, the world needs ideas expressed clearly more than it needs another memoir. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 1997)
Biography type
autobiography
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217750
Cataloging source
DLC
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1925-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hentoff, Nat
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Hentoff, Nat
  • Authors, American
  • Journalists
  • Jazz
  • New York (N.Y.)
Label
Speaking freely : a memoir, by Nat Hentoff
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
302588
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780679436478
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97006353
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780679436478
  • (Sirsi) ABO-0580
Label
Speaking freely : a memoir, by Nat Hentoff
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
302588
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780679436478
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97006353
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780679436478
  • (Sirsi) ABO-0580

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