Victory Is Assured: Uncollected Writings of Stanley Crouch

Victory Is Assured: Uncollected Writings of Stanley Crouch

Author: Stanley Crouch

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

Published: 2022-09-13

Total Pages: 375

ISBN-13: 132409091X

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The grievous loss of Stanley Crouch, one of America’s most renowned intellectuals, is underscored by the posthumous appearance of these remarkable essays. With Stanley Crouch’s untimely death in 2020, American literature lost “a critic without peer” (Ta-Nehisi Coates). Born in Los Angeles in 1945, Crouch—a towering stylist, fearless columnist, and without question, one of the finest jazz critics of all time—was Rabelaisian both in stature and in intellectual appetite. Beloved yet cantankerous, Crouch delighted and enflamed the passions of his readers in equal measure, whether writing about race, politics, literature, or music. In these essays—some discovered on his computer, unpublished until now—Crouch tackles subjects ranging from Malcolm X (“a thorned bud standing in the shadow of sequoias”) to the films of Quentin Tarantino (“With Django, Tarantino has slipped down . . . into a shallow and bloodstained hip-hop turn that his own best work has well-refuted”). Introduced by Jelani Cobb, with an afterword by Wynton Marsalis, and collected by his longtime editor Glenn Mott, Victory Is Assured canonizes the legacy of an inimitable, indispensable American critic.


Considering Genius

Considering Genius

Author: Stanley Crouch

Publisher: Civitas Books

Published: 2007-04-10

Total Pages: 370

ISBN-13: 0465015123

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From a preeminent--and always controversial--jazz critic and intellectual firebrand comes the long-awaited collections of essential essays on the great music and performers of the jazz world.


Notes of a Hanging Judge

Notes of a Hanging Judge

Author: Stanley Crouch

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Published: 1990

Total Pages: 304

ISBN-13:

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Stanley Crouch identifies the civil rights movement of the last four decades as the defining feature of contemporary American society. Crouch offers uniquely insightful accounts of familiar public issues--black middle-class life, the Bernhard Goetz case, black homosexuals, the career of Louis Farrakhan--that throw fresh light on the position of African-Americans in the contemporary world.


The Artificial White Man

The Artificial White Man

Author: Stanley Crouch

Publisher: Civitas Books

Published: 2009-03-25

Total Pages: 256

ISBN-13: 0786737905

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Another dance of the bull through the china shop of cliches, The Artificial White Man proves the correctness of Tom Wolfe's observation that Stanley Crouch is "the jazz virtuoso of the American essay." This time out, Crouch focuses his attention on issues surrounding the often misdirected American hunger for "authenticity." Though the essays range in topic from segregation in contemporary fiction to the racial politics of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, they are informed by a singular concern: our increasing difficulty in discerning the real from the counterfeit, the posture from the pose, in contemporary life.Crouch moves across literature, music, sports, film, race, sex, class, and religion with insights withering in one instance, celebratory and challenging in another. Long known as an independent thinker, Crouch takes further intellectual chances in this collection challenging us to live up to the potential of our social contract and our democratic arts. Pointed and provocative, The Artificial White Man is as witty and eye-opening as cultural criticism gets.


The All-American Skin Game, or Decoy of Race

The All-American Skin Game, or Decoy of Race

Author: Stanley Crouch

Publisher: Vintage

Published: 2010-08-04

Total Pages: 348

ISBN-13: 030755421X

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In this brilliantly acerbic collection of essays--a New York Times Notable Book in 1995--Stanley Crouch confirms that he is one of the most eloquent and unpredictable commentators on race and culture in American society--something already known to anyone who's seen him on 60 Minutes or read his columns in The Village Voice and The New Republic. 288 pp. National media appearances.