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Miles Davis: The Hat Makes the Man

Nick Tosches, The Nick Tosches Reader, 2000

THE WORD ITSELF is deadening: art, a devalued dollar of a word, no longer backed by meaning, as drained of worth as the politician's viability, or the sportscaster's awesome. And yet we have no other, which only goes to show how little the stuff has served us.

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