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Columnist Nat Hentoff dies at 91; relished 'the freedom to be infuriating'

Columnist Nat Hentoff dies at 91; relished 'the freedom to be infuriating'

Nat Hentoff, an eclectic columnist, critic, novelist and agitator dedicated to music, free expression and defying the party line, died Saturday at age 91. 

His son, Tom Hentoff, said his father died from natural causes at his Manhattan apartment. 

Schooled in the classics and the stories he heard from Duke Ellington and other jazz greats, Nat Hentoff enjoyed a diverse and iconoclastic career, basking in “the freedom to be infuriating on a myriad of subjects.” 

He was a bearded, scholarly figure, a kind of secular rabbi, as likely to write a column about fiddler Bob Wills as a dissection of the Patriot Act, to have his name appear in the liberal...

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