The quote in question

Brain things

Months ago I found this quote in a book, and ever since it has hung above my kitchen sink, the place where I find it easiest to brood and stew. It’s been a reminder I need. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is […]

May 9, 2017

The work of a critic

Out and about

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in […]

September 10, 2013

On child prodigies


Confession: I have edited and re-edited the draft for this post multiple times with a view to make it gentler, but instead, it comes out bolder and more passionate each time. I will stop now before it gets worse! I guess I need to admit I care about the issue more than I thought… and […]

August 27, 2013