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Owen Laster, Worldwide Head of Literary Operations, William Morris Agency

Owen Laster, Friend and Mentor, and a Truly Great Man

Owen Laster, 1938-2011 Like many others both inside and outside the publishing world, I owe an immeasurable debt to the great Owen Laster for his principled example of how to conduct the business of agenting (and, by extension, the affairs of living in general) with unparalleled honor and equanimity. Among the guiding lights in the publishing world, Owen was one of the brightest, and certainly the brightest for me.  In the fourteen years since I left William Morris, we had

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The Really, Really Excellent Will Friedwald JazzWax Interview, Part I

On his really, really excellent jazz blog, Marc Myers offers up the first part of a two-part interview with Will Friedwald about his new book, A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. …Like all solid authorities and essayists, Will wriggles into his subjects, providing sharp analysis and little-known details as he takes strong positions. This is what makes Will so pleasurable to read. That and the fact that Will strives to entertain, much like the singers he writes about.

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Owen Laster, Worldwide Head of Literary Operations, William Morris Agency

Owen Laster, Friend and Mentor, and a Truly Great Man

Owen Laster, 1938-2011 Like many others both inside and outside the publishing world, I owe an immeasurable debt to the great Owen Laster for his principled example of how to conduct the business of agenting (and, by extension, the affairs of living in general) with unparalleled honor and equanimity. Among the guiding lights in the publishing world, Owen was one of the brightest, and certainly the brightest for me.  In the fourteen years since I left William Morris, we had

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The Really, Really Excellent Will Friedwald JazzWax Interview, Part I

On his really, really excellent jazz blog, Marc Myers offers up the first part of a two-part interview with Will Friedwald about his new book, A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. …Like all solid authorities and essayists, Will wriggles into his subjects, providing sharp analysis and little-known details as he takes strong positions. This is what makes Will so pleasurable to read. That and the fact that Will strives to entertain, much like the singers he writes about.

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