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Remembering Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch. Photo: Pat Carroll.

Poet, critic, and biographer Stanley Crouch has died at the age of seventy-four. Crouch, who received a MacArthur “Genius” award as well as many other honors, was best known for his writing on jazz and as a cofounder of Jazz at Lincoln Center. His books include Considering Genius and Kansas City Lightning. As a critic for the Village Voice, the New York Times, the Daily News, and JazzTimes, Crouch was famed for his fiery combativeness. As Jelani Cobb put it on Twitter: “ I spent a good part of my 20s arguing with #StanleyCrouch in my head. I disagreed with him about a LOT. But I also respected him and our eventual in-person arguments challenged me and made me a better writer. I’m profoundly saddened by his passing and will miss him greatly.” At NPR, Ethan Iverson notes, “ He was a sharp-tongued devil but he believed in humanity and in progress. He signed every correspondence with his trademark ‘V.I.A.,’ standing for: ‘Victory Is Assured.’”

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