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What Are You Reading? (And Do I Really Care?)

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

How can one person love a book (or film) and the next detest it? A book may also resonate at one time but not at another. What did I see in Catcher in the Rye when I was 16? Not much. But at 40, I thought it was delightful.

Reader Reviews Vs. Reviewer Reviews: Is There a Difference?

Rachel Thompson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

We don't want anyone to call our baby ugly, right?

Why Art Sucks

Melanie Curtin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Melanie Curtin

It blows to be misunderstood. It's shitty to not have control over how other people take your art, take your words, take your meaning. It's really annoying not being able to control other people's perception of you -- especially when your perception is that their perception is that you're weak.

Ari and Emma Review Movies They've Never Seen: The Lord of the Rings

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Comedy
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

As Ari and Emma get increasingly inebriated, they proceed to interweave the plots of movies they've never seen, across genres, spaces, and times.

WATCH: TOMS CEO Responds To Big Criticism

Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 11.14.2013 | Small Business

Toms Shoes' "buy one give one" model -- a pair of shoes is donated with each purchase -- was instrumental to the company's success. But the practice ...

5 Reasons Critics Don't Matter

Heather Strang | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Strang

For every naysayer there are 10, 100, 1,000-plus who will love the work you are putting out into the world.

How to Listen to Your Own Voice Above All the Criticism

Erika Nicole Finn | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Erika Nicole Finn

Have you ever let the judgment of others affect your confidence in your decisions and throw you off track? Here's some thoughts on what to do if this ever happens to you.

The Bum Rap on Reviews

Jeff Klima | Posted 10.09.2013 | Books
Jeff Klima

See there is this problem with the book publishing industry: the readers. I'm sure many people have told you that readers are an asset, but these people would be lying to you.

Don't Tread on Broadway Musical-goers

Ryan Cunningham | Posted 05.29.2013 | Arts
Ryan Cunningham

Theatregoers aren't asking, "Is it too American/British for the West End/Broadway?" Instead, they're saying, "I don't care where it's from, is it any damn good?" In the cases of both The Book of Mormon and Matilda, the answer is one word, regardless of accent: "Yes."

The Role of the Contemporary Critic

Phil Chan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

To all critics: I'm not asking you to be kind. That does no services to our community. However, I ask that you consider your role in the community and the power your words have over the common reader or the new audience member:

Attack of the Killer Review

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.26.2013 | Media
Howard Sherman

I can support brutal honesty. I cannot support gleeful cruelty. Inventive? Sure. Over the top? Too much for a generally sober-sided publication. Piercing arrows in critics' quivers? Yes. Thermonuclear weapons? No.

Why You Don't Need To Be Married To Feel The Love

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 12.24.2012 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

Sometimes the person we chose at 24 or 29 or 37 is not the person we can live with at 40 or 50 or 60. Should we be miserable for the rest of our lives because it didn't last?

Your Start-Up Life: Jean-Georges' Ingredients for Success

Rana Florida | Posted 10.24.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

If all he did was cook, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's status as one of France's -- and the world's -- most innovative chefs would be assured. But Vongerichten's amazing talents in the kitchen are aligned with a genius for business.

Critics, Critics Everywhere

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 12.22.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

No one has the right to criticize how anyone suffering a loss handles anything -- from whether or not they visit a gravesite (be it sooner, later or ever) to a decision to sell everything that they own and sail around the world.

Beware Theater in Politics

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Crucially, the president himself must become a critic. One flop may not an election make, but a second one? Can't happen. At the next rumble -- er, debate -- Mr. Obama must pull off Mr. Romney's many masks and expose his contradictions.

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?

editorial.huffingtonpost.com | 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.