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Stanley Crouch Quotes


An American music and cultural critic, syndicated columnist, and novelist, perhaps best known for his jazz criticism, and his novel Don't the Moon Look Lonesome?
(1945 - )

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All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to, the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with.
 

As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
 

Big business, for all its lobbying, is often put in line by investigative reporting, public scandals and multi-million-dollar judgments in court against those who put products on the market that are dangerous to their buyers.
 

But the myth of violent solutions as the ultimate solutions maintains itself in much of popular media.
 

Everybody has to be reminded that there's another way to be. Another more mysterious, unpredictable way to be that's not necessarily based upon contrivances.
 

Getting to the pint where the other is not the enemy is a big leap.
 

I also wanted to do something that I hadn't really seen in almost any black novels, which was a complex love story in which both people were extremely intelligent and talented and understood a lot of things and were still at odds getting it together.
 

I don't know any women who don't think about what they look like, and I don't know any men who don't think about what women look like.
 

I wanted to get to that aesthetic proposition that comes out of learning the human elements of a world, so that those notes and rhythms mean something to you besides just the academic way in which they fall in place.
 

If there's an intellectual highway, there's also an intellectual subway.
 

In America, we have to learn to be patient enough to figure out what somebody is saying. Somebody might actually be saying something.
 

Louis Armstrong, who learned to be in exquisite dress, came from the bottom, and he's not a trash can.
 

Now the writing in the head, I definitely do every day, thinking about how I want to phrase something or how I'd like to rephrase something I've already written.
 

Our democratic richness arrives when we're able to comprehend our collective humanity accurately.
 

Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how to bring about the occasions that let people have that first-person experience - or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see human continuity as opposed to total threat, total willingness to do violence.
 

Our society has gotten to the point where we might soon become less and less shocked by any kind of violence.
 

People don't really think other people are the same.
 

Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don't know what's going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA.
 

Rap actually comes out of punk rock, not black music.
 

The discussion of ideas as opposed to the American narcissistic obsession with what's going on with the self, that's the general thing people are talking about.
 


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