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Well, good morning, Clint Eastwood!

Between this newest article and the recent Sam Shepard profile, the New Yorker's been all over the spare iconic men of the West lately. David Denby writes in the latest issue about Eastwood: his youth, his move from pretty boy to legit actor to revered director, his thematic shifts from violence to tragedy to marginality, and finally his latest incarnation here on the cusp of turning 80 years old.

Did you know Eastwood was a Bay Area native, like Shepard? And that he grew up on some of the local jazz greats? (Please note the shout-out to my man Chet):
As a teen-ager, hanging around clubs in Oakland and Los Angeles, Eastwood heard such icons of the new West Coast cool style in jazz as Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker and the bebop geniuses in their early days, among them Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. As Eastwood has said, his notion of cool—slightly aloof, giving only the central satisfaction and withholding everything else—is derived from those musicians.


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