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Lou Reed talks to Robert Hilburn: 'God protects fools and drunks'
Lou Reed talks to Robert Hilburn: 'God protects fools and drunks'

Given that Lou Reed's deeply affecting new "Magic and Loss" album is a poignant reflection on the cancer-related deaths of two of the songwriter's closest friends, it's surprising to see him light up a small cigar during an interview. By the third puff, Reed is self-conscious enough about the large webs of smoke that he addresses the point. "I'm trying to give up cigarettes," he explains, leaning forward in the chair in a 14th-floor office near Central Park South. Looking at the cigar in his hand, he adds, "This doesn't count because I'm not inhaling." TODAY: Lou Reed dies at 71 Reed, wearing a T-shirt and jeans, may be...

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