The Pleasures of Print and Jazz

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nat Hentoff in his office in Greenwich Village in 2010, as seen in the documentary The Pleasures of Being Out of Step (David L. Lewis)

David Lewis, the producer and director of "The Pleasures of Being Out of Step", discusses his new documentary following the life and journey of Nat Hentoff, a jazz journalist who documented and lived some of the most significant political and cultural changes of the last generation.  Long-time guest Hentoff, now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins in to talk about how he went from jazz to free speech to the contradictions of being an "atheist pro-lifer."


Nat Hentoff and David L. Lewis

Comments [15]


Boo Nat Hentoff and his right to life nuttery, and hats off to Progressive's support for abortion. I too support fewer children for Progressives. The less of that the better for everyone. Content yourselves to listening to jazz, arguing over Israel policy and to obsess about the morality of your food, while leaving the breeding to those who founded the country you're intending to wreck.

Jul. 08 2014 06:03 PM

the man is a nasty surly son of a gun,and his notions are all over the place.

Jun. 30 2014 02:41 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Jgarbuz - Good luck with that preposterous belief. If a child could be gestated and brought to life completely outside a woman's body, idiots who agree with you (and they are, no doubt, few) would have already put it into practice. But do go on and spout about the vanishing white man's rights.

Jun. 30 2014 11:53 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

It's called KHUTZPEH.

Jun. 30 2014 11:48 AM
fuva from harlemworld

What a tactless question from a tactless caller. And then he has the temerity to put a bid in FOR HIMSELF for Nat's records? What kind of sick narcissism is that? SMDH

Ralph Nader is at home at Cato these days too:

And, of course, a lot of degeneracy also feels right at home with Rand Paul, Tea Partiers, etc.

Jun. 30 2014 11:46 AM
jgarbuz from Queens


Reproduction was supposed to be both in the hands of women AND men, but now that it has been totally taken over by women exclusively, then it is time for government to totally take over the production of children in factories as soon as possible. Cannot have women decide the entire future of our species without men having something to say or do about it. All the power over the future of our species cannot be exclusively in the hands of one gender alone.

Jun. 30 2014 11:45 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Caller who had the nerve to ask Hentoff to give him Hentoff's jazz album collection: do the category and its individual sellers a favor and go out and actually buy albums on your own, as all of us have to do. Sheesh.

Jun. 30 2014 11:44 AM
Lenore from Manhattan

So both Hentoff and Rand Paul are libertarians who, by the way, oppose giving women the power to control their reproductive lives. They both want government to regulate reproduction.

How is THAT "libertarian"?

Jun. 30 2014 11:39 AM

Great movie, great book accompanying it. Dave Lewis -- what did you leave out of the movie you wish you had been able to include?

Jun. 30 2014 11:37 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Ed from Larchmont - Hentoff's position on "life" is more nuanced than that, if you actually listen, watch the film.

Jun. 30 2014 11:35 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

I had the privilege of seeing this film a few weeks back, and urge those unfamiliar with this era of New York's history to witness what was truly the most progressive and creative era--and those at its dynamic center.

Brian - Hentoff hadn't become a whole-cloth "right-to-lifer" via that column; his objection was more about selective abortion of children to be born with severe physical deformity than abortion in general (which was in common use in that day). Of the latter, he was in support of a woman's right to choose.

Jun. 30 2014 11:34 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One interesting thing about Nat Hentoff is that he is pro-life, though not religious. Wonderful.

Jun. 30 2014 11:32 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Happy to hear that Hentoff, liberal Jew, became a pro-lifer. He saw the light.

Jun. 30 2014 11:32 AM
fuva from harlemworld

YES, black music is democracy embodied.

Jun. 30 2014 11:32 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Amazing that this guy, Hentoff, is still using a 1970s-era IBM Selectric style typewriter in the year of our Lord 2010 :)

Jun. 30 2014 11:22 AM

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