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The Honest Broker

Ted Gioia

A trustworthy guide to music, books, arts, media & culture by Ted Gioia


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  • Ted Gioia

    Ted Gioia is author of The Honest Broker on Substack (—a frank and opinionated guide to music, books, media, and culture. He is author of 12 books, and previously served on the faculty at Stanford.

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