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We asked Robert Pinsky to write on the following:
"He was an intellectual. He used to read novels, poetry, history, stuff like that. And he could hold a conversation with almost anybody on all kinds of things.... He was real sensitive. But he had this destructive streak in him that was something else.... [H]e used to talk a lot about political shit and he loved to put a motherfucker on, play dumb to what was happening and then zap the sucker. He used to especially like to do this to white people."
--Miles Davis on Charlie Parker