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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critic's Choice: What is Criticism Part 2

Just what is criticism, anyway?  Andrew answers that question in this week’s Critic’s Choice.

Here’s the link to additional reading on the topic of criticism via Andrew’s “The View from Here.”

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One Response to “What is Criticism Part 2”

  1. Tom says:

    Andrew —
    Can’t find the post regarding your critique of La Traviata and resulting clamorous ripostes, but just wanted to let you know that some of us not only appreciate but expect pointed criticism. There is a “second city” syndrome whereby local critics invariably find favor in all local productions, presumably to show the east coasters that we are just as good. A pox on all “homers” — tell it like you see/hear it and let the chips fall where they may. And part of that criticism should be that Lyric lacks an adventurous spirit, recycles old war horses to “please” the crowd, but we are not pleased — we want to hear more than the tried and true. Life is too short not to be challenged and enriched with works beyond the standard repertoire. In short, more pointed critiques, please, so that our grand cultural institutions stay on their toes (metaphorically speaking, unless one is a ballet company).

    – Tom

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