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I Make Plays. I Write Criticism. I’m Not My Own Enemy.
“The artist–critic war of attrition is boring. It’s a cliché.”
How Do We Talk About Race and Pop Culture Without Going Insane?
A panel of critics discuss Wesley Morris’s New York
essay and some of the biggest anxieties plaguing criticism today.
What Michiko Kakutani’s Departure From the
Means for Books Coverage
The most powerful book critic gets a book deal.
Pete Wells Is Wrong About a Critic’s Role
He doesn’t want to review a fancy place in Mexico — fine. But there’s more to criticism than giving advice.
Comedy vs. Criticism
On the uneasy relationship between comedy and its critics.
New York Review of Books
Founding Editor Robert Silvers Dead at 87
According to the
, he had been battling a brief illness.
Art Critic and Booker Prize–Winning Author John Berger Dead at 90
Berger is best known for
Ways of Seeing
Don’t Blame Critics for
It’s possible that the original
cut was lousy, too. But it would have made considerably more sense.
Why Are Today’s Critics So Defensive?
We’re in an age of ambient anxiety about what it means to enjoy things and whether or not others enjoy them, too.
The New Yorker
’s David Denby Steps Down From Film Critic Post [Updated]
To focus on his book.
How ‘The X-Files Files,’ ‘Mission Log,’ and ‘Go Bayside!’ Are Introducing […]
The recent launch of The X-Files Files, Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani’s second comedy podcast, was both unsurprising and surprising. Fans […]
Lena Dunham Kind of Enjoys the ‘Girls’ Criticism
“People are ultimately threatened by young people taking positions of power. But there’s also this feeling of ‘I could do that, too.’ People […]
David Foster Wallace and the Comedy Nerd
Mike Schur, showrunner of Parks and Recreation, is obsessed with David Foster Wallace. At Harvard, he made Wallace an honorary member of the […]
What Tosh-Gate Says about the State of Comedy Appreciation and Criticism […]
When the Daniel Tosh firestorm started my initial reaction was to shrug and say “who cares?” It was a comedian making an off-hand offensive […]
Music’s Time Capsules: 41 Years of Christgau’s ‘Consumer Guide’
Why a legendary column, now gone quiet, still matters. (Hint: lines like “Mick Jagger should fold up his penis and go home.”)
backlash to the backlash
A Definitive Defense of Vampire Weekend
Still, their sweaters are not “prophetic.”
back that pazz up
Pazz and Jop Crib Notes: The State of Pop
We’ve been trying to digest the new ‘Village Voice’ music poll, but instead, let us regurgitate it.