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In 1995 Terry Teachout wrote an unforgettable profile of cabaret singer Nancy Lamott for the Sunday New York Times Arts & Entertainment section. Lamott had just died of a rare intestinal disease; the piece was a tribute to her by a critic who had become her friend, if not fallen in love with her. Accompanying the story was a photograph of Lamott and the man who had married her shortly before her death — both bald as billiard balls, her husband’s head having been shaved as an act of solidarity with her.
Teachout’s profile called Lamott the best cabaret singer he had ever heard and described her singing as follows: “What I heard


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