Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Art of The Review

Don’t skip this great¬†Publishers’ Weekly interview of our own guest visitor, Ron Charles,

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Smartest Review of the week award goes….

…to Kathryn Schultz’ “Group Think”  

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VIDA statistics

The latest debate within book reviewing circles revolves around the VIDA statistics. ¬†I haven’t wanted to post about it lest it, oh, depress you. But with spring (and spring break) coming, I think I can risk it. Dozens of articles … Continue reading

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Blogger jobs

I’ve been noticing these postings of late. Note that both of these are looking for people to cover news, not opine. Is blogging losing its previous role as the hub for commentary? LA Weekly has an opening for a full-time … Continue reading

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Bloggers vs. Journalists

Today in class we’ll discuss two debates: high/low (art and tv) and professionals/amateurs (art criticism) and then we’ll throw in a third, bloggers/journalists. For that third debate, we’ll discuss this post by Jay Rosen, plus its many comments: Bloggers vs. … Continue reading

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Is Owl Criticism So Bad? Don’t We All Do It?

Mark Athitakis has a nice response to the Charles Baxter essay I posted last week here. I agree that Baxter privileges certain aspects of fiction–we saw this happen a bit when we discussed my review of Cookbook Collector where I … Continue reading

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Good example of how to structure a trend piece/critical essay/elaborate blog post

This piece in The New Republic on the coverage of Charlie Sheen is almost a textbook example of structure: the anecdote at the beginning, the move to background/context, and then moving into analysis filled with specific examples, inclusion of counterargument … Continue reading

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