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The E-Books Are Coming! Run for Your Lives!

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Many reviewers have been complaining for a while about the democratization of publishing and the "flood" of e-books. How are you supposed to weed out the crap?

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.

From 'Men In Black 3' To 'American Idol': The Week's Harshest Reviews

Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment

On Wednesday, "American Idol" crowned its new champion, Phillip Phillips, a 21-year-old crooner from Georgia. However, not everyone was pleased with P...

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.

Why Can't Art Be Instructive?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Why can't Art instruct? In addition to providing entertainment, consolation, beauty, and a reflection of our humanity by holding "the mirror up to nature," why can't Art also teach us a thing or two?

What Do 10 Famous Artists And Critics Have To Say About Love? | Posted 01.10.2012 | Arts

1. "Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding." (Diane Arbus) 2. "Painting is like making love. Yo...

Critics and Other Cultural Gatekeepers: Mind the Gate!

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Where is the recognition that a "book of raunch," rather than reflecting a mature and vibrant culture, is symptomatic of one in steep, full-on decline, drunk on its power and narcissism (including Baker's pet vice, sexual titillation)?

Salvation Boulevard: Audiences Love It, Critics Hate It

Larry Beinhart | Posted 09.14.2011 | Home
Larry Beinhart

I've seen the movie Salvation Boulevard five times. Why have I seen it five times? Why do I care? I wrote the book that it's based on.

The Tree of Life: Your Summer Popcorn Flick It Ain't

Avital Andrews | Posted 08.09.2011 | Entertainment
Avital Andrews

The Tree of Life isn't exactly what its trailer suggests. Watch its marketing tool, and you get the idea that it's a poignant story about a young fam...

TV Now

Paul Reiser | Posted 06.14.2011 | Media
Paul Reiser

Last time I had a show on television it was 1999. It used to be you offer up an artistic endeavor and the appropriate reviewer would weigh in, hopefully with nice things to say. Now everyone has something to say.

Critics Suffer For Art Too | March 30, 2011 | Posted 05.29.2011 | Arts

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa cannot be ignored. Neither, alas, can the 405. In recent days, for instance, the Vienna Philharmon...

Why You Should Never Defend, Explain Or Justify

Russell Bishop | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

Why do some people seem to be forever defending, explaining or justifying themselves? Do you enjoy being around this person? Are you one yourself?

Why Dogs Don't Do Movie Reviews

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Schmock


New York Times: Why Criticism Matters | The EDITORS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

We live in the age of opinion­ -- offered instantly, effusively and in increasingly strident tones. Much of it goes by the name of criticism, and in ...

What Would Jonathan Swift Think of Jack Black's Gulliver?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

When director Rob Letterman took certain liberties in updating the tale to click with a younger, modern audience, did he stray too far from the original Swift story?

La Bete

Gwen Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gwen Davis

I had been enchanted by Mark Rylance -- who plays the lead Valere in La Bete -- as a producer, Shakespearean player, writer and obvious man of many parts. I just wish that one of them had not been Valere.

Lennon, Dylan, Sinatra And Marilyn Monroe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

'Fragments' by Marilyn Monroe The Los Angeles Times Unless, of course, that author happens to have been famous and somewhat mysterious, which is the c...

The State of the Crime Novel

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

I've asked six of the most renowned crime fiction critics in the country to weigh in with their thoughts on the state of the crime novel. I hope you find their responses as interesting as I did.

Why Do These Wimps Need a Magazine?

Tom Matlack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Matlack

From the very beginning, I said that ten percent of men will "get" the Good Men Project right away, ten percent will never get it, and eighty percent will need convincing.

A Message to Right-Wing Defenders and Left-Wing Critics of the Catholic Church

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

Catholic critics of the Church can expect to find themselves attacked by both the left and right wings of the Church and the community at large -- and they are rarely disappointed.

Next to Normal: Broadway's Different Family

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Next to Normal begins with a show tune you'd expect: one that showcases "just another day" in the Goodman household. Only later do you discover that this average family is not so typical.

Forest for the Trees: How Some Critics Missed the Complexity of Hit Girl

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

We all say we want empowering female characters who can play in the action sandbox. Yet we collectively cringe when said female heroes receive the same kind of brutal violence that is visited upon male action heroes.

Are Newspaper Critics Obsolete?

Howard Kurtz | Howard Kurtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Scott is a full-service film critic for the New York Times. But are he and his colleagues -- who opine on cinema, theater, television, books, music, a...

Bard Blog -- Israel's Critics & Perspective

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

So my most humble advise to the Israeli cabinet would be "Brush up your Shakespeare" and think more broadly -- move from a narrow-gauged Henry IVth to a wider track Henry Vth perspective.

No More Verdicts From On High: Are Book Reviewers Changing To Keep Up With The Age Of Engagement?

The Cleveland Plain Dealer | Karen Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This year, the conversation was mellower. Participants in the National Book Critics Circle panel on the future of book reviews chatted about e-galley...