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Always in Pursuit: Fresh American Perspectives, 1995-1997

Crouch, Stanley

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ISBN 10: 0375401539 / ISBN 13: 9780375401534
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, 1998
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: Always in Pursuit: Fresh American ...

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by the author.

Edition: First Edition

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Here is a brilliant new collection of essays on the sublime and the ridiculous in contemporary American culture and society, by one of the most important and compelling social commentators at work today.

"Fearless and engaging, a virtuoso at bringing the drive of natural speech into social criticism, Stanley Crouch transcends our usual racial divides to write in behalf of any and every American who will read him.  Always in Pursuit is irresistible commentary on the American condition just now."  
--Alfred Kazin

"Stanley Crouch heads right toward issues that other writers shy away from; he is almost scarily fearless.  Reading him is like watching a sharpshooter--when he misses, it adds to the showmanship."                        
--Pauline Kael

Brash, teasing, belligerent and tender, Crouch knows what he is talking about and he says what he means.  When he writes about Duke Ellington or Albert Murray, John Ford or Ralph Ellison, that knowledge and truthfulness make it clear that you don't have to agree with him to learn from him."
--Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate

"Stanley Crouch once again proves himself to be a major iconoclast.  His words prick the pages, provoking, irritating, prodding us to question our own easy assumptions on race, sex, politics, art, jazz, history, civilization, you-name-it.  His pursuit becomes our own, as we see our world through his bold eyes."
--Linda Chavez

"The essay on O. J. Simpson is among the most sensible and incisive writing from the mountain of commentary that that unfortunate case has produced. Crouch remains one of our most formidable social and literary critics."  
--Gerald Early

"Always in Pursuit is everything I love about the brilliant Stanley Crouch.  In his hands the essay becomes a great jazz riff on the page--social commentary rightly done as a singular 'I'.  Written by a passionately determined believer in the American possibility, this collection of essays is wide ranging, fiercely opinionated, elegantly composed, purposefully challenging.  Be prepared."
--Marcia Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief, Ms. Magazine


In Always in Pursuit iconoclastic essayist and columnist Stanley Crouch collects some of his best work from 1995 through 1997. His interests are far-reaching, but Crouch's central concern is how U.S. residents work to further American democracy. He takes heart that so few believed Susan Smith, the white South Carolina woman who murdered her children and then said a black man had done it; chides Jesse Jackson for failing to live up to his potential as a leader; and speaks out in support of affirmative action simply because no one has proposed a better solution. Sometimes outrageous, sometimes abstruse, Crouch is never anything less than interesting.

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