The Performance Index (2019/01/11 08:00)
On gauging artistic quality by way of popularity, always a bad move.
Beat It To Fit, Paint It To Match (2018/12/07 05:00)
"Workshop" is the wrong word for the place where we come to mutually improve our writing.
But Who Am I To Be Critical? (2018/02/01 08:00)
When you look at something, you have to be willing to not pretend that it needs to be great in order to justify anything.
Ruined Forever (2018/01/19 05:00)
No critic can ever "ruin" a work you like, unless you don't know what their job really is.
It's A Living (2018/01/06 05:00)
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
Grindhouse Vs. Arthouse Vs. My House (2017/10/03 07:00)
On schlock being useful without the love of it becoming its own snobbism.
How To Take Advice Disguised As Criticism (& v.v.) (2017/09/03 08:00)
Or, how to keep pedantic jackasses from getting the better of you.
Crazy Doesn't Help (2017/09/03 08:00)
On the use of "crazy" as an intensifier.
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.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind