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Independent researcher and author

Sociologist Howard Becker continues to observe, interview, and write, after retiring from a forty-six year academic career. His most recent publications include “ASA Convention” in Social Psychology Quarterly (2007) and “How We Deal With the People We Study: ‘The Last Seminar’ revisited” in Crime, Social Control and Human Rights (2007). Telling About Society, a book that deals with “all the different ways people have used to communicate what they thought they knew about society, everything from novels to plays to mathematical symbols,” was published in 2007 by the University of Chicago Press. In September 2009, the Press will publish Do You Know. . .? The Jazz Repertoire in Action (co-authored with Robert R. Faulkner). He divides his time between San Francisco and Paris. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.