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An overlooked Motown Records songwriter.

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“Do not sing to rain, poet, make it rain.”

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His solos elliptically paraphrase his melodies.

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Clarity and balance, not disorientation, were his artistic mainsprings.

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Her chorines, molls, and paroled hookers know their onions.

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She quietly contributed to dozens of nouvelle vague classics.

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He defined or refined the dialogue comedy, the war picture, the detective yarn, and more.

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Elected to poetry like a fucking nun with a “vocation.”

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A slim, reticent oeuvre.

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Stax, and soul, wouldn’t have been the same without him.

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The witty founder of “ordinary language philosophy”

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“Beware of Elvis.”

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Trying to write about one clearly defined question at a time.

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Franklin Bruno on hip hop’s dance crew The Lockers

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Derrida said of this pop star: “He knows his Wittgenstein.”

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He invented the breakbeat, a key element of hip-hop.

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The “Master of Records” remains enigmatic despite his renown.

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One of his key ideas is “anomalous monism.”

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His is an unwieldy and rarely screened oeuvre.

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“The most famous unknown artist in New York.”

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Works of art to be completed by the audience…

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His sound was brawny, guttural, and tremendously expressive.

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“We ought to go into rehab, but we’re too stoned to care.”

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High modernist experi­ments ex­ecuted at pulp­smith rates.