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He sang soul as if it were the black man’s country.

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Her theme was the corrosive effects of fear and paranoia.

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An unwilling agent of social subversion.

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He wanted to seduce Ma Bell.

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A stargazing scholar and UFO-ologist.

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Owner of a melancholia notable for its intensity.

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A muckraking civil rights journalist and conservative intellectual.

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He took seriously the most flippant of two-liners and shaggy-bush stories.

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Spooky intelligence and challenging eroticism.

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An anthropologist of the elusive essence.

Phyllis Chesler in 1979, thinking over motherhood.

She unhooked the hooks and straps of women’s psychosocial bind.

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A willing inmate of his own prison: “Papa.”

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Truman Capote’s “Shut a Final Door”

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The Leaky Telephone: Asian Water Horror

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He served the Beatles’ music with unfaltering skill and imagination.

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David Lynch’s Phone Horrifics

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Telephones in British supernatural lit.

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A Brief History of a Crypto-Science

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David Thomson’s “A Child’s Voice”

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Robert Altman’s “Images”

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“When Michael Calls”

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“Night Call”

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Music as volatile as bare wires, as raw as a flayed body.

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He gave an embryonic rock‘n’roll its supernatural cred.