02. June 2007 · Comments Off on Criticiscm · Categories: imported, Other People's Words

Criticism — and its humble cousin, reviewing — is not a democratic activity. It is, or should be, an elite enterprise, ideally undertaken by individuals who bring something to the party beyond their hasty, instinctive opinions of a book (or any other cultural object). It is work that requires disciplined taste, historical and theoretical knowledge and a fairly deep sense of the author’s (or filmmaker’s or painter’s) entire body of work, among other qualities.

I read Richard Schickel’s words above here. I think you could put music in the mix too, yes?


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