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Criticism

Context, Goodwill and Narrative

Foz Meadows | Posted 11.10.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

At base, creators are not entitled to an audience -- not even famous ones. What happens when an author we love starts to lose our goodwill?

Spike Lee's Tips on Making Controversial Films & Dealing With Haters (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.24.2012 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Spike Lee pulls from his wealth of experience to drop precious knowledge about directing, making controversial films, dealing with the haters, and getting attention for your work.

Don't Be Too Quick to Judge Yourself

Intent | Posted 10.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Intent

The negative thoughts and feelings that are inflicted upon us might also come from inside of us too. While honest self-reflection is healthy and can lead to positive change, it's also important to be kind to ourselves and remember the things we do well. 

5 Horrible Things I Regret Doing To My Ex

Pauline Gaines | Posted 10.14.2012 | Divorce
Pauline Gaines

I'm glad I can admit that my ex's lousy behavior didn't excuse my own. I'm glad I can admit that I made some really stupid choices, so I don't have to make them again.

Are Women Their Own Worst Critics?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2012 | Women
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Have we become so vigilant about how we look that we've lost sight of the fact that we're all in this together?

Do Critics Cross The Line Into Character Assassination?

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

The New York Times' Public Editor's newest work, "The View From The Critic's Seat," is a disappointment. While written with Brisbane's usual clarity, it sets up a premise and then utterly fails to address it.

We Should Start Loving Ourselves

Intent | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Intent

We should look into the mirror and see our beauty instead of the flaws. We should give ourselves a hand of applause when accomplish something. We should pat ourselves on the back when we do something good. We should start loving ourselves.

The Artist Vs. The Critic

Howard Sherman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

Artists writing to newspapers to complain about reviews is hardly a new phenomenon. However, in my experience, it's an impotent gesture at best and a counterproductive one at worst.

An Impossible Conversation About the Met's Spring 2012 Costume Institute Exhibit

Meghan O'Keefe | Posted 07.09.2012 | Comedy
Meghan O'Keefe

"I still really liked the exhibit. The clothes were very pretty and it made me feel inspired to go out and be a more powerful woman." "You just want to justify spending too much money on a summer wardrobe." "Yeah, pretty much, yes."

To Be or not to Be... Hopeful

Graham Milne | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Graham Milne

"If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim." - Margaret Thatcher (great line regardless of whether yo...

Soul-Talk: The Myth Of The Spiritual Path

Russell Bishop | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

The problem with the spiritual path is that there is no path to spirit because there is nowhere to go. You're already there but may not have yet awakened to that fact.

Learning From Jealousy

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Every situation is an opportunity to learn if you're willing to see it as such. Dealing with jealousy -- whether directed at someone else or at you -- is no exception.

Soul-Talk: Are You Stuck In The Toxic Apology Trap?

Russell Bishop | Posted 04.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

Surely you have had someone give you a half-hearted apology that left you feeling cold inside. In fact, haven't you been the one giving that "I'm-kind-of-sort-of-sorry" apology yourself?

Taking a Permanent Vacation

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 03.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

There is nothing like a vacation. The to-do lists go away, the nagging "should" voices quiet, and time seems to slow down.

A Realistic Look At How To Handle Criticism

The Grindstone | Posted 12.19.2011 | Women

The annual performance review process isn't really a beloved business tradition. In general, employees hate them. And I think that feeling stems from ...

Six Tips for Writing the Perfect Piece of Hate Mail

Keli Goff | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home
Keli Goff

Here is a list of helpful hints to help you or the self-appointed critic in your life draft an effective piece of hate mail or blog comment that actually provokes thought as opposed to simply provoking chuckles.

Michael Kaiser and the Role of Critics -- Nature Versus Nurture?

Robert Bettmann | Posted 01.30.2012 | DC
Robert Bettmann

Isn't it true that great art reflects the ideals and inspirations of people today? What's wrong with a knee-jerk reaction to art? What's wrong with popularity?

Exclusive Interview With Award-Winning Fiction Writer Richard Burgin

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.29.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Richard Burgin has long been a mainstay in American literary circles, as five-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, editor for more than a quarter century of the award-winning journal Boulevard, and author of numerous critically acclaimed short story collections.

The Death of Criticism or Everyone Is a Critic

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.14.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

One of the substantial changes in the arts environment that has happened with astonishing speed is that arts criticism has become a participatory activity rather than a spectator sport.

5 Ways To Tame Your Inner Critic

Mike Robbins | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

When we take a step back and remember that most of the time people aren't "out to get us," we can save ourselves from unnecessary overreactions and stress.

Unintentional Innuendo: What Is It And Are You Doing It Too?

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Why don't we just come out and say what we really mean? The short answer is that there is an awful lot of social pressure to avoid directly criticizing other people.

Soul-Talk: Are You Substituting Criticism For Caring?

Russell Bishop | Posted 12.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

If you have a natural bent toward criticism, your favorite target is most likely your own self! If you are your own worst critic, then what you dish out to the rest of us probably doesn't even register as criticism.

Useful Feedback Vs. Criticism, From Arianna Huffington

Posted 12.13.2011 | Women

Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, discusses how to distinguish useful feedback from outright c...

Meanest Book Reviews

Posted 11.29.2011 | Books

From barnesandnoble.com Bad reviews are a fact of literary life, even for the most successful writers. Take Steig Larsson -- perhaps the hottest ...

Are You Your Own Worst Critic?

Hayley Rose Horzepa | Posted 09.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Hayley Rose Horzepa

Many of us consider ourselves to be our own worst critics and I used to think so, too. I was always so hard on myself to the point of perfectionism. Then one day I began to see things differently.