Me First (2017/08/01 07:00)
I like to write about other peoples' work, but I write my own work first.
Not The Bookish Type Dept. (2017/07/06 07:00)
I went looking for books in my personal library that are about the craft of writing. I could barely find any.
Cynthia's Blues Dept. (2016/07/21 08:00)
Can in time a comic book stand in the same realm as anything Henry James produced? I'm sure it's possible; I'd argue it's already happened.
10,000 Hours And Then Some Dept. (2016/04/24 10:00)
Why everything that's truly creative is what we're trained to ignore.
But That's Still Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man Dept. (2016/04/11 09:00)
I think, therefore I differ.
None-Hit Wonders Dept. (2016/03/15 07:00)
If I'm in the habit of listening outside my well-worn grooves, nothing is disappointing or distasteful.
Listen Without Prejudice Dept. (2016/01/23 11:00)
How to hear them out when they say you're wrong.
Plugging One's Ears Dept. (2016/01/19 10:00)
On ignoring bad advice, part two.
Hunting High And Low Dept. (2015/09/26 01:00)
Different art, different critical standards? Maybe not.
Big Ticket Dept. (2015/07/10 11:00)
On taking superhero movies seriously (because billion-dollar box office isn't serious enough, I guess).
No Hex Please, We're Critics Dept. (2015/05/23 10:00)
On the glories of griping.
Texas Sharpshooting Dept. (2015/02/11 04:00)
Maybe audiences, authors, and critics should be cultivated together, not separately.
No Analysis Please, We're Audiences Dept. (2014/11/24 10:00)
Analysis is not an assault on the audience's identity.
Faking The Funk Dept. (2014/11/10 10:00)
On the word "fraud" as a term of critique.
Critique Is Magic Dept. (2014/09/11 10:00)
My Little Insight: "'there's a point where a pleasant lack of cynicism ... becomes insular naivete.'"
Get In Line Dept. (2014/09/05 10:00)
On the creative trap of First, Second, No Good.
A Critical Hit Dept. (2014/04/03 11:40)
Me versus blurbs, again.
Critical Hit Dept. (2014/01/31 07:00)
When James Agee reviewed Bugs Bunny, it was a thing of beauty.
A Washing Machine In The Sky Dept. (2014/01/29 10:00)
Why literary fiction often chooses to be fantastic in such a straight-laced way.
The Prediction Fiction And Other Conniptions Dept. (2014/01/07 10:00)
On John McCarthy's odd comments about literary fiction vs. SF.
You'll Ruin It For Everyone Dept. (2014/01/02 10:00)
Why I keep my work close to the chest until it's done, done, done.
This And $2.50 Gets You A Ride On The Subway Dept. (2013/12/22 10:00)
On why both giving and interpreting good criticism are dying arts.
Laugh At The Guy In The Mirror Most Of All Dept. (2013/12/19 10:00)
You have to take yourself seriously enough to know when not to take yourself seriously at all.
Out! Out! You Demons Of Negativity! Dept. (2013/12/02 10:00)
On the merits of talking critical smack.
Critical Mass Dept. (2013/09/16 10:00)
On the art of the hatchet job, and on negative criticism generally.
Science fiction, rebooted.
Other Lives Of The Mind