I would follow Steve Almond over the edge of a cliff…

if he chose to start some kind of cult, I would join. Everything he writes is just so frigging good.

On Gil Scott-Heron:

It’s the reason we become enamored of certain singers, I think, because they project the voice we wish to summon within ourselves. His was a masterpiece: deep, resonant, slightly muddied by the South, learned but playful.

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