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Always in Pursuit: Fresh American Perspectives by Stanley Crouch

By Stanley Crouch

As a cultural and political commentator, Stanley Crouch in unapologetically contentious and delightfully iconoclastic. no matter if he's writing at the distinctiveness of the yank South, the loss of life of Tupak Shakur, the O.J. Simpson verdict, or the wear performed via the Oklahoma urban bombing, Crouch's high-velocity trade with American tradition is performed with scrupulous allegiance to the reality, even if it hurts--and it always does. And just about jazz--from Sidney Bechet to Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington to Miles Davis--there isn't any yet one more articulate, impassioned, and encyclopedic in his wisdom than Stanley Crouch.

Crouch ways every thing in his direction with head-on strength, stressed intelligence, and a clean religion within the collective test that's America--and he does so in a virtuosic prose variety that's by no means under exciting.

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2). From this perspective, the ancient world is already, to certain degrees, ‘virtual’ in the sense of the contemporary popular imagination: it is a place, in the metaphysical sense, of rich imagery, imagined and re-imagined through a complex intertwining of historical, mythical and popular narratives. More important than any factual account of history are the imagined spaces of meaning. On the platform of SL these spaces acquire a mythological quality, reflected in the island mentality of severance from the ‘real’.

Moreover, the context in which the subversive operates needs to be acknowledged as an essential aspect of meaning (Butler 1999, p. xxi): Just as metaphors lose their metaphoricity as they congeal through time into concepts, so subversive performances always run the risk of becoming deadening clichés through their repetition and, most importantly, through their repetition in commodity culture where ‘subversion’ carries market value. What the ‘subversive’ does do, however, is function as a counter-point to some reality, or some naturalised quality that is called into question (Butler 1999, p.

This utopian vision is represented most through the spaces that signify ancient Greece with the freedoms and sexual liberties perceived through the lens of contemporary culture. Notions of Eden however, illustrate the tensions in imaging a perfect world and the anxieties with which we conceive new spaces. Concerns regarding gender and sexual conduct are expressed through various historical narratives which the spaces represent; such spaces are an extension of ancient mythologies indicative of contentions over our moral lives.

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