Milestones Feb. 5, 1996

DIED. HAROLD BRODKEY, 65, famously self-absorbed New Yorker writer whose first novel took 27 years to deliver; of AIDS; in New York City. His massive, free-form work was known as "the greatest novel never written." Finally published in 1991 as The Runaway Soul, it received decidedly mixed reviews.

DIED. GERRY MULLIGAN, 69, the premier baritone saxophonist and a leading composer-arranger of the past four decades; of complications from a knee infection; in Darien, Connecticut. Though he oversaw the birth of "cool" jazz with Miles Davis in 1947, Mulligan defied classification, playing and writing with a distinctive pulse, wit and imagination. He...

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