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Compiling as a Creative Act: What Duke Ellington’s Remixing Reveals about Plagiarism and Innovation
Compiling as a Creative Act: What Duke Ellington’s Remixing Reveals about Plagiarism and Innovation

Is genius a mosaic of “magpielike borrowings”?

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Duke Ellington’s Diet
Duke Ellington’s Diet

What the celebrated composer’s relationship with food reveals about the inner conflicts we share.

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The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013
The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013

From Alan Turing to Susan Sontag, by way of a lost cat, a fierce Victorian lady-journalist, and some very odd creative habits.

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Duke Ellington’s Artistry and Artifice: How the Jazz Icon Engineered His Own Image
Duke Ellington’s Artistry and Artifice: How the Jazz Icon Engineered His Own Image

“Ellington [was] a combination of Sir Galahad, Scrooge, Don Quixote, and God knows what other saints and sinners that were apt to pop out of his ever-changing personality.”

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