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Rudy Van Gelder, the legendary producer who helped define the sound of modern jazz on record, died on August 25 at the age of 91.  Here is an appreciation from The New York Times.

The Pacific Palisades home of the great German writer Thomas Mann is currently for sale (and might possibly be demolished). Here is Alex Ross, writing in The New Yorker, on the implications.

Composer Steve Reich turns 80 in October. Here is an appreciation of the man and his music and some perspective on this landmark from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Now 90, film icon Jerry Lewis talks about the difficulty of being difficult and about his latest role as a retired jazz musician mourning the death of his wife in the new film, Max Rose. Read the story here.

In 1963, 16-year-old Bruce McAllister, tired of symbol-hunting in his high school English class, went straight to the source and mailed a four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work. Seventy-five authors responded. Here is what some of them said—and for more of the responses, including facsimiles of some of the letters, visit The Paris Review.

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple,   awesomely simple, that's creativity.” —Charles Mingus

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