Monday, January 9, 2017

A Titan of the Alternative Press Passes

While listening to NPR this afternoon, I learned of the passing of Nat Hentoff- alternative press giant, first amendment absolutist, jazz aficianado, fixture of New York's liberal 'elite'. Mr Hentoff, who attained the venerable age of 91, was eminently readable, sometimes exasperating, never boring. The Village Voice was a must-read, not only because it was a free paper to read on the subway, but because of writers like Mr Hentoff and, of course, Roy. Of course, Nat was bounced by the 'Voice' in 2008, much to the dismay of some on the left.

The tragedy here is that voices like Mr Hentoff's, even though they could sometimes infuriate even sympathizers, will be needed more than ever now that we have a vindictive kleptocrat taking power.

2 comments:

Nasreen Iqbal said...

How have I not heard about this?

I can't believe that a bigger deal wasn't made about his passing.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Being a lefty, he's probably persona non grata to the mainstream media... he's just important to the totebag set, by which I mean us.