“Bookworm parrot Legba biker orphan pirate poet.”

His untranslatable wordplay never fails to dazzle.

Like knives, the beats cut through layers of murk.

His best stuff hits the ear like music — dirty saloon music.

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JIM THOMPSON (1906-77) was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma, in a room above…

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A great theorist and taxonomist of eroticism.

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The first time I met Jean-Michel Basquiat was in November or December…

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This was the view out my back window in New York City…

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Reminiscing about my early days in the used-paper trade, I find that…

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Just about as rare as if it had never been published at…

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JOSEPH MITCHELL (1908-96) arrived in New York City from rural North Carolina…

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THE SUBJECT, a recent immigrant approximately nine years of age, was asked…

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ASIDE FROM BRANDY and cigars, no product on the market is packaged…

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If CHESTER HIMES (1909-84) hadn’t found himself broke in France in the…

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THAT IS THE APT TITLE of the Columbia University fight song. It’s…

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ONE DAY VERY SOON it will happen that our heroes, having searched…

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“They threw me off the hay truck about noon.” The celebrated first…