James King, Newbie Voice Writer: Casual Racist BS Will Be Called BS By (Slightly) Older Voice Writer

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"In the old days, reporters, in the pages of the Voice, went after one another. Readers enjoyed taking sides in these civil wars, and we ourselves sometimes discovered what we should have known before we so confidently wrote."

So wrote Nat Hentoff in "Why I Oppose the Downtown Mosque: How I questioned an imam's motives and broke Tom Robbins's heart" in September of 2010, when Hentoff went after his colleague, friend and onetime union shop steward.

Indeed, there is a long, proud, half-century old tradition here at the Voice of writers duking it out with words within our own paper. "I do not want to get in the way of what looks like it has the making of a really good feud (the old Voice excelled at these; usually we had them with each other)" Robbins himself commented on another 2010 Voice article, where Editor in Chief Tony Ortega got into the ring with Louis Black of the Austin Chronicle. (After Robbins dropped in, he ended his message, "gentlemen, please go back to ripping each other up.")


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Nat Hentoff's Recommended Reading

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"Nat Hentoff's Recommended Reading" is a newish feature here on Runnin' Scared that takes an occasional look at the books, articles, and stories that Nat Hentoff is reading these days.

Hentoff, who wrote a piece this week about what sort of mayor Police Commissioner Ray Kelly might make, recommends NYPD Confidential, a web site that takes an insider's look at the world's largest law enforcement agency. It's written by Leonard Levitt, a former Newsday columnist, who vexed NYPD brass for years with his "One Police Plaza" column.

Nat Hentoff's Recommended Reading

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Nat Hentoff enjoyed this memoir.

"Nat Hentoff's Recommended Reading" is a newish feature here on Runnin' Scared that takes an occasional look at the books, articles, and stories that Nat Hentoff is reading these days.

For his second pick, the celebrated Voice columnist has chosen Jazz Odyssey: My Life in Jazz by Oscar Peterson, an autobiography published by Continuum.


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