Blood and Grits

A superb collection of nonfiction from Harry Crews a profile of Charles Bronson, an encounter with hillbillies along the Appalachian Trail, life inside a traveling carnival and .
Blood and Grits A superb collection of nonfiction from Harry Crews a profile of Charles Bronson an encounter with hillbillies along the Appalachian Trail life inside a traveling carnival and

  • Title: Blood and Grits
  • Author: Harry Crews
  • ISBN: 9780060914592
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Blood and Grits”

    1. 17 essays written by fiction author Crews - all published in Playboy and Esquire in the early '70s - ranging widely in topic from bio sketches of Charles Bronson and William Blake to life as a carny or independent trucker. Crews inserts himself as a major character in all of these essays; his upbringing in poor Georgia swampland provides bedrock for all of his reflections and the filters through which he sees his subjects.The opening piece "A Walk in the Country" and the very personal "The Hawk [...]

    2. This collection was published in 1979, so the writing reflects the 60's and 70's and is extremely good and very amusing. Harry Crews is best described as rough around the edges. Boy, do Harry and I get along! It was mentioned that if you loved reading about his early years in A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, and would like to understand his adult life, then this is the book of choice. Great short stories that are fantastically fun!

    3. Likely Crews' strongest single collection of journo pieces, made possible by the 10-years from which to pull the best. Exceptional breadth here.

    4. It is a good thing that when I was a pre-teen my intake of Southern stories fell more towards Lewis Grizzard than Harry Crews. I'm not saying anything bad would have happened to me, but these are the kinds of stories that might well warp young minds, and not in the most profitable of ways.On the other hand, I probably have had to live until now to truly understand what emotions generated the sentiment behind some of these stories, and will probably need to live longer to process the rest, and at [...]

    5. I thought I'd read this in the somewhat distant past although I have not marked it as read. If so, it was a library copy, from either the Alachua County or Gainesville Public Library, I forget what it was called, or the UF Library there in town where I'd heard and read of Harry Crews and later I did take at least one course taught by the man.These are essays, many originally appearing in Esquire and the few I've read to date do not sound familiar, although they have that familiar Crews' voice. H [...]

    6. With this collection Crews cements himself as one of my all time favorite writers. He picks the best subject matter and finds the most interesting people and then climbs inside his source material and writes his way out with unbelievably stupendous prose. Hilarious and scary and truly awesome.

    7. Powerful and intense. Personal and insightful regarding others. Strong and articulate. All despite the influence of alcohol Most of the people described are not people I would want in my life but I learned something from this glimpse of their worlds.

    8. For some reason, I always begin reading short story collections as if they were a novel, and I usually end up pretty confused by about the third story. Well, it happened once again, and it was compounded by the fact that some of them have the same characters. I enjoyed this collection, especially "A Night at a Waterfall," the one about Valdez, the essays on Bronson, Robert Blake, carny life and trucker life. Crews brings his life experience into everything he writes - an interview isn't just an [...]

    9. I had never heard of Harry Crews. However, Crews’ non-fiction book, Blood and Grits, seemed a logical choice for me because I’m a non-fiction reader for the most part, I’m from the South and I already know what grits are. Plus, the juxtaposition of those two words is pretty stark, so I was hooked from the start. That image of red blood and white grits flew out the window, though, once I started reading. In Southern vernacular, a Grit is usually a fellow Southerner. He can be a tough and un [...]

    10. Blood and Grits by Harry Crews (Harper & Row Publishers 1990) (818.0). This book consists of collected magazine essays from the 1970's written by Harry Crews. Harry Crews' photo appears on the dust jacket; he looks like the 1970's and 1980's era boxing tomato can named Tex Cobb (picture a severely ruined face). Each essay features a riff on a different (usually southern) subculture or a strange but true southern tale: hanging an elephant in Erwin, Tennessee; falconry; carnies; and pipeline w [...]

    11. Southern-fried gonzo journalism. Fueled by alcohol, amphetamines, and acid, Crews worms his way through the underbelly of America, meeting truck drivers, carnies, Southern white trash (whom Crews - himself the product of a dirt poor Southern upbringing - calls "Grits"), disturbing he-man actors like Charles Bronson and Robert Blake, derelicts working the Alaska pipeline, and a host of other disreputable types, all of whom he finds deep brotherly kinship with. He gets beat up, mugged, and even in [...]

    12. I hate that I had to read this with his recent death making its rude intrusion into my thoughts. I don't know how he died and I hope I never find out, but considering the general stink these stories give off I have a few ideas. Here he is just writing about himself, with embellishments, probably. Crews is one of the writers I think of as 'extreme.' He chose the parts of himself most people would try to hide and he wrote about them, maybe not as directly in others as he does in Blood and Grits, i [...]

    13. Harry Crews is a great storyteller. This collection of short stories are essentially true stories from Crews' own life. The subject matter ranges from getting a vasectomy to interviewing Charles Bronson. Like Crews' novels, many of the characters are from the South; hicks, rednecks, white trash, etc. are all lumped under the label "grits." While some of the stories or people are pretty crazy, the insanity and grittiness never reaches the same level as the novels (which is probably reassuring tha [...]

    14. Not great, but not bad either. What appealed to me most about this is that it is a collection of short nonfiction stories that cover everything from falconry and the Alaskan pipeline to hiking on the Appalachian trail and meeting Charles Bronson. If you're interested in knowing a little bit about the various things that make up the American experience, then you might enjoy this book, too. Keep in mind that it is a little dated. I think it was written in the 1970s, so as I was reading about Valde [...]

    15. Blood and Grits is a collection of ancedents and short non-fiction pieces by a twisted Southern gentleman with the name of Harry Crews. Crews can defintely craft a good sentence, and these excerpts from magezines reflect an unusual talent. He also manages to cover a very eclectic range of topics including cars, vaisectomies, and Charles Bronson; although considering when Blood and Grits was written, certain bits and pieces of this book may seem somewhat aged. (such as not mentioning the Valdez o [...]

    16. I discovered Harry Crews in the early seventies when he began writing for Esquire and Playboy. I was a journalism student at the time trying to find my own style and was heavily influenced by the New Journalism and writers like Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompsond then of course Harry Crews. Being a Southerner and having parents who went through the same hell as Harry when he was young, I identified with Harry, his stance as it were, and his take on life. And Lord did I love how he put words together. We [...]

    17. Crews is as raucous as they come. This is a collection of essays that covers everything from visiting an LL Bean Outlet (drinking sherry wine in the parking lot) to hiking the Appalachian Trail to making a trip to Alaska to write about the men working on the pipelines. All of it through the eyes of a wildman. I don't think I've ever laughed out loud as hard and truthfully while reading a book. There's a description of a turd on a sidewalk that nearly did me in

    18. This a collection of Crews' essays and non-fiction shorts as published in magazines like Playboy and Esquire. Crews may not be a fountain of profundity, but he certainly has a knack for turning a phrase. I lent out my copy, so unfortunately, I can't give an example of such a phrase, but you believe me.

    19. Harry Crews is the dead person that wish I could sit and talk with. This work provided insight to the man that Childhood formed. This collection is as irreverent as his fiction. Love me some Harry Crews.

    20. The first collection of Crews non-fiction I read. Fascinating, beautifully reported and written, the kind of magazine writing that is all too difficult to find anymore. An excellent complement to his fiction, though I do prefer his fiction.

    21. If you're choosing between this collection of essays and Florida Frenzy, choose this one. Fantastic, gritty writing. Plus it contains Climbing the Tower (which was recollected in Classic Crews). Possibly the best essay I've ever read.

    22. A collection of short pieces written in the 70s for various publications, I particularly enjoyed the profiles of Robert Blake and Charles Bronson.

    23. Non-fiction best summed up by Crews himself: "Yeah, I believe that. I believe it all. I'm the world's champion believer."

    24. Harry Crews isn't for everyone, but never tried to be. I'd read a lot of his magazine articles in the seventies and always enjoyed them. Mostly what's reprinted here.

    25. Style-wise, Joan Didion meets early Tom Wolfe at the intersection of Bukowski and HS Thompson. Crews is one of my favorite practitioners of literary non-fiction.

    26. Crews is a great writer, but not all his essays in this book suited my fancy. A bit of trivia: Lydia Lunch was in a band called Harry Crews.

    27. Anthology of Crews' writings from Playboy, Esquire, and Sport published 1978 and earlierould be a wild read, I'm ready for the ride.

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