By: Brian Berger
A multifaceted composer and critic.
By: Anthony Miller
He hated middlebrow and appreciated madness.
The first scholar to take avant-garde film that seriously.
He elevated intertextuality to a literary theology.
By: Franklin Bruno
His is an unwieldy and rarely screened oeuvre.
By: Jerrold Freitag
He took down Rick Santorum and started the It Gets Better project.
By: Devin McKinney
For him jazz was never simply music, it was life.
He made paradoxic human music of despair.
A critic indifferent to current pressures and public opinion
By: Mark Kingwell
The first man to say “fuck” on the airwaves of the BBC.
By: Joshua Glenn
Unfairly criticized as a cultural mandarin, he defended joy.
By: Lucy Sante
In American humor, she discerned “a deep-lying mood of disseverance.”
By: Tim Carmody
He tried to explain both new modes of being and new social structures.
Reason itself becomes the monster.
He began as a critic of Middlebrow, but was suborned by it.