NOTES OF A HANGING JUDGE
by Stanley Crouch
Oxford University; 275 pages; $22.95
Stanley Crouch is the latest black social commentator to work a vein first excavated by the journalist George S. Schuyler during the 1940s: the scold posing as a voice of intellectual integrity. A self-proclaimed defector from the black nationalist excesses that he blames for the collapse of the civil rights struggle, Crouch likens himself to the freebooter Henry Morgan, "who sent many of his former pirate buddies to the gallows, certain that they deserved what they got." In this collection of essays and reviews, however, the former Village...