Literary critic and CJR’s Ideas + Reviews editor, James Marcus, sat down last night for a discussion with author David Hajdu to discuss Hajdu’s latest book, Heroes and Villains, a collection of essays on music, movies, comics, and pop culture mostly written in Hajdu’s role as music critic for the New Republic.

Hajdu teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is also the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn, Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña, and The Ten-Cent Plague.

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Alexandra Fenwick is an assistant editor at CJR.