Arts criticism (including film, music, food, etc.) is almost universally lazy, superficial, wrong-headed, lazy, and hackneyed ("lazy" intentionally listed twice). I know a lot of those guys. Shoot, I was one of those guys. The notion of an obligation to truly do justice to the person or thing one is writing about barely exists.
It's tough to articulate the many ways in which critics fail to do even a reasonably competent job, but Zak Smith has (for the most part) nailed it, and with great economy. It's always revelatory to see journalism viewed through the eyes of its subjects. If only critics had the keen and penetrating eye for their subjects that he focuses on them.
Obviously, most of his tips apply to critics beyond the realm of visual art.
- ► 2016 (202)
- ► 2015 (130)
- ► 2014 (147)
- Accounting for Bourbon and Rye Variation
- The Apple iWatch May Be a Red Herring
- Ben & Jerry's Butterscotch Ice Cream
- The Sport Jacket (or: "The Nigerian Ambassador Com...
- The "Dessert" Memorization Trick
- "Social Media"
- "There's a Soldier in All of Us"
- Rye Whiskey Tasting
- Who Elected Rob Ford?
- Never Sad Time
- More on "Tips For Art Critics"
- Zak Smith’s Tips For Art Critics
- James Booker
- The Beauty of Water, of Whiteness, and of Silence
- New Label: Right Whispering
- ▼ November (19)
- ► 2012 (209)
- ► 2011 (193)
- ► 2010 (175)
- ► 2009 (239)