I know I’ve devoted more than enough space to Stanley Crouch but I was mesmerized yesterday by Gawker intern Henry’s report that the hot-tempered* and highly homophobic Crouch appeared on Tina Brown’s show over the weekend to comment on New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey’s resignation, effective later this year, over a gay affair.
Crouch’s comments about homosexuality and feminism were offensive but (taking the identity of the speaker into account — this is the man, after all, who reportedly said of his assault on Dale Peck, “I had the distinct feeling that if I hit him a few more times, he’d say thank you and call me his daddy”) only mildly so. I guess he wanted to impress Tina Brown’s audience with his winning, amiable personality so he could, at the end of the program, select his own novel as a “hot pick” of the week, which he did.
The book, Don’t the Moon Look Lonesome, was published four years ago, but is only now out in paperback. The proprietor of Beatrice observes, “unless you’re selling hardcovers like John Berendt, the only conceivable reason for waiting four years to issue a paperback is that nobody’s particularly enthusiastic about putting it out.”
I haven’t read Crouch’s book, but here’s Michael Thelwell’s scathing review from the Spring 2002 issue of African American Review.
* I can’t tell you how many confidential messages I’ve received from academics and writers reporting on occasions where Crouch allegedly lost his temper and physically attacked someone.