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A Large & Startling Figure

The Harry Crews Online Bibliography


Portraits from an Interview with Harry Crews

Five Black & White Portraits

By Tom Graves


Black & White Portrait #1
January 27, 1979.
Hallway, English Building.
University of Florida, Gainesville

"I've always loved blood sports. Cockfighting, bullfighting, dogfighting, and the rest of it."

  

Black & White Portrait #2
January 27, 1979.
Campus.
University of Florida, Gainesville

"It gives me no pleasure particularly to talk about that we are not what we seem in the world. But that we are in fact meat eaters, killers, suckers of blood, and riders of one another. But in all that, there is beauty, there is humor, there is joy, there is ecstasy."

  

Black & White Portrait #3
January 27, 1979.
Hallway, English Building.
University of Florida, Gainesville

"Who's ever got close to a marriage that didn't find a rotten core, a nest of snakes in the middle of it? Okay, there's joy in it, happiness in it, and there's pleasure in raising kids that go and do something. That's cool. I'm all for that. The fact that it's a sham, the fact that it's bullshit, need not necessarily upset us too much."

  

Black & White Portrait #4
January 27, 1979.
Harry's office, English Building.
University of Florida, Gainesville

"It takes my dear old mother as long to read a book as it does me to write one. She went through the second grade. She reads everything I write. She's never blinked at any of it. And she talks about it well. She says to me, my dear old mother, 'Son, why don't you write a book that's happy and nice and full of smiles?' And I told her, 'Mama, when one comes to me, I will.'"

  

Black & White Portrait #5
January 27, 1979.
Campus.
University of Florida, Gainesville

"I am a great admirer of Diane Arbus, dead now, as you know, of suicide. I'm a great admirer of hers for one thing you'll notice: all of Diane Arbus's people that she photographed are looking dead into the camera. Next time you look in her book, notice that. Not looking off. Lookin' dead into the camera. Every last one of them."

  

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