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His violent Tarzan comics were as cool and still as a bas relief.

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There is no such thing as “a Josephine Tey.”

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

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He elevated neurosis to a comedic height rivaled only by Woody Allen.

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She was more like a volcano than a spitfire.

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He explored the near impossibility of connection.

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

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A versatile virtuoso — from jazz to Hawaiian to country to pop.

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Harryhausen’s animation is not realistic… it’s magical.

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He documented Creole cuisine at the moment of its invention.

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He transformed physical dissonance into spiritual beauty.

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He pioneered the open-air adventure thriller.

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His Cold War movies predict Pynchon’s seriocomic acuities.

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Takin’ ev’ry wrong direction on his lonely way back home.

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We are condemned to be free.

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He won every available U.S. military combat award for valor.

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She thrived in any musical context: jazz, blues, hokum, pop.

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As big as Bing, but he died in obscurity.

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“Literature is the pleasantest way of ignoring life.”

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He refused to become “mature” or “realistic.”

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

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The embodiment of What You Didn’t Talk About.

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

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The exegesis has just begin.