Nat Hentoff Dies at 91

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Nat Hentoff in his office in Greenwich Village in 2010, as seen in the documentary The Pleasures of Being Out of Step

Free-thinking author and columnist Nat Hentoff has died.

His son, Tom Hentoff, said his father died on Saturday from natural causes at his Greenwich Village apartment. He was 91.

Hentoff was a Village Voice contributor and columnist for 50 years and also wrote for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Down Beat and the Wall Street Journal. His more than 25 books included jazz and First Amendment works, novels and memoirs.

A bearded, scholarly figure, Hentoff was as likely to write a column about fiddler Bob Wills as a dissection of the Patriot Act, and to have his name appear in the liberal Voice as the conservative Washington Times.

He was the subject of the 2014 documentary The Pleasures of Being Out of Step, directed by WNYC's Metro Editor David Lewis. Host David Furst spoke with Lewis about Hentoff's life and legacy.

THE PLEASURES OF BEING OUT OF STEP - Official Trailer from First Run Features on Vimeo.