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Stanley Crouch
December 14, 1945 -
Nationality: American
Category: Critic
Subcategory: American Critic

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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


When people conclude that all is futile, then the absurd becomes the norm.


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.


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


When you're artistic director of a program, you present the music you want to present.


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.


Under popular culture's obsession with a naive inclusion, everything is O.K.


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


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


Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you're from, what your class is - those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity.


The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation was not brought to an end, nor redneck violence dramatically reduced, by violence.


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.


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.


Unfortunately, I'm not a person that's always capable of living up to the Boy Scout philosophy.


You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism.


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