Gil-Scott Heron was a man of many fragments, and Marcus Baram is intent on unearthing all of them:
Gil did marathon writing sessions, staying up for days, taking a break every once in a while to play cards in the student union. Again, he would stop by his friend Ade’s room for late-night sessions to talk about the book. He spent a few weeks questioning Ade about one of his characters: ‘He’s a student leader. What would he say?’ Ade gave him answers and realized only later, after reading new chapters, that the character was based on him.