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1924 – 1977
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1929 – 1980
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1926 – 1991
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While the hip, swinging sounds of his favorite soloists followed him from stage to stage and page to page, there was something else that stayed with him as well: the darker moments of his childhood. A car accident that shaped his first years in school and left him alone and isolated in a body cast and a wheelchair, just as he was learning to read. He recovered, but it turned out to be a kind of catalyst for his career as a writer. And there was an even darker secret that he somehow managed to hide from even himself well into adulthood.
In our conversation, originally recorded in 2017, we explored all of this. The through line of jazz and fiction, improvisation and writing relatives, how the past stays with us into the present, and how watching his Norwegian farmer taught him to write diligently.
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