Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thoughts on Criticism

I read an interesting article in "The Walrus" today by Andre Alexis where he despaired the lack of critical book reviews in Canada.  Honestly, I can't tell you the last time I've read a book, film or art review that was honestly critical (not mean, just taking the ideas apart) and not filled with anecdotes about the artist and why they are loved or not loved in general, or about the reviewers general thoughts as they looked or listened to the art at hand. However, I kept reading because he seemed to think that such a review could exist. Hmmm. He talked about the pendulum swing between a cold academic review that parses a work of art so finely it misses the pleasure that an art work can bring, and a review that really just doles out opinion alone...As you know I am trying to figure out where I sit on the continuum of art, myself, so he had me, lock, stock and barrel. Here was a line that I found to be well worth the thought, perhaps you will too.

Regarding a review by Philip Marchand where he stated that "anyone who does not appreciate the greatness of Tolstoy is "deficient in taste, period."

..."Marchand's statement is about himself, his belief in War and Peace's greatness. He offers no defence of his opinion, believing that none is required. And so, we have come to the point where the mere fact of an opinion is more important than the basis for it. This is neither criticism nor reviewing but autobiography."

I would like to read more by this Andre Alexis fellow...


joven said...

thanks,this is my site
http://kaminyoon.blogspot.com/.. be a follower..more wedding ideas!

joven said...

http://loveumuch143.blogspot.com/..learn how to love more deeper...be a follower..thanks..

Mateusz said...

Świetny blog, bardzo dużo ciekawych informacji. Oby tak dalej. Pozdrawiam i zapraszam do siebie:



PassionOrganizer said...

Encouragement is Productive. Discouragement is Counter-Productive. :)

Anonymous said...

Gray Jacket

Moncler Jackets Sale

Coat Women Ziper

Custom Lapel Pins said...

Hi,i have read your whole blog,its very amazing,i am impressed.i have bookmark your site for revisit.if ever you need then please contact me.Thanx dear.

mobin said...

Wow! it is awesome post. This post is only for them who has great idea. Go on with. We want this kinds of post regularly for our best.

Beautiful travelling places.

an muti said...

Minecraft is the fastest growing Java game in the Internet history.
Minecraft servers is a server game of favorite players. This is because it allows you to create Minecraft Skins,Minecraft Maps, Minecraft Resource Pack and other creative possibilities. This is a war game that requires fighting against monsters appear at night and survive by fleeing them, provide for the basic needs of you, gather food, wood, etc. Because this game has many options and entertainment graphics should it become popular all over the world.

Minecraft free download is a sandbox game (sandbox) have been shaped independently by Swedish programmer Markus Persson and is then developed and published by Mojang. Full PC version was released in late 2011. In May 2012 game shape, to cooperate with developers 4J Studios, to be released for the XBOX360.

All Minecraft Games the updated version of Minecraft. The creative aspect of the game and building allows players to build constructions from the block in the 3D world working under certain rules. Other activities include exploring the world, collecting resources, working and fighting, minecraft maps, minecraft game, texture pack minecraft, minecraft adventure maps, minecraft skins, minecraft mods

fraz ahmed said...

Thanks for your marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it,you could be a great author. I will always bookmark your blog andwill often come back at some point. I want to encourage ontinue your great work,Online Chat Rooms have a nice holiday weekend! enjoy studying your publish. It is each seful and interesting to me. I will come back again once again to see your new postsPAkistani Chat rooms pakistani girls and boys ,indain girls and boys,us girls and boys and Uk girls and boys chat room

lol accounts said...

On the distance, Asher Forrester, the exiled daughter, is known as time for Westeros to help his or her family unit, but wait , how may i homo aid if your Boltons concept its northern border with an iron fists? Meanwhile, a surprise source of promise comes back to the Forresters, nevertheless Ironrath isn't any position for this vulnerable.Considering get completed Show one and they are wanting to jump directly into Occurrence only two, you will only should hang on about three a lot more days to weeks since the release night out pertaining to Android mobile phone is Feb . lol accounts
buy lol accounts