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Nat Hentoff has had quite a life. Known today for espousing his uncompromising views on civil liberties, human rights, and censorship in the Village Voice and the Washington Post, the 72-year-old started out as a jazz DJ, music critic, and A&R man. He helped put together TV jazz specials in the ’50s and later penned liner notes for a Bob Dylan album. In his memoir, Speaking Freely, Hentoff recounts his involvement with legends such as Duke Ellington and explains how his support for civil rights led to his being fired from Down Beat and his subsequent political writing. No knee-jerk leftist, Hentoff boasts about the friends and enemies he has made as an integrationist friend of Malcolm X, an anti-abortion advocate, an atheist Jewish opponent of anti-Semitism, and an activist against both the war in Vietnam and that country’s communist authoritarianism. He reads from his book at 6 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 429-9272. (Steve Kiviat)