Tag Archives: criticism

The one that got away

I vividly remember the first time my work was reviewed in the press, and my copious tears at being savaged. That painting remains in my private collection and I stand by its painterly qualities. I once took an important piece to a highly-respected teacher for critique. She called it “an immature Chagall.” I went home […]

Tough criticism

My son is taking Creative Writing in his first semester in college. He’s come face-to-face with the nastiness-as-criticism phenomenon. “There’s a boy who never has anything good to say about anyone’s work,” he said. “He acts so superior.” Then it came time for my son to criticize that boy’s writing. “Don’t retaliate,” I told him. […]

Entering the silly season

Daniel Dennett is an American philosopher and cognitive scientist. In his Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking, he offered these four steps to critical commentary, which ought to come in useful as we enter the next round of America’s quadrennial silly season: You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that […]