A long long time ago, I was interested in polyglot figures, people like John Cage and Marcel Duchamp and Buckminister Fuller who somehow managed to be generalists and not specialists, and put all the imagery together.
He approved of the Quakers' love of neighbor, attributing Pennsylvania's liberal and humane spirit to its "benevolent founder" William Penn, but felt that some American clergymen, particularly Methodist circuit riders, were "fanatics who need nothing but inspirations." Although the clergy in America enjoyed neither monetary rewards nor special honors, the United States nonetheless had produced "distinguished preachers" like Ellery Charming, Richard Furman, Joseph Buckminister, and Timothy Dwight.
Radano's New Musical Figurations: Anthony Braxton's Cultural Critique takes as its subject, by contrast, an almost singularly esoteric artist, an avant-garde experimentalist dubbed by one critic as "the Buckminister Fuller of Jazz." Hasse, hewing to a vein of jazz commentary that reaches back to the 1930s, achieves something of an apotheosis of traditional jazz historiography.