It was easier for him, of course, as a Democratic critic of the Bush administration.
Among the varieties of friendship under discussion, here is the friendship between poet and critic.
This is what neoconservatism has become; even a critic can lament.
Former Artforum critic Thomas Lawson, also profiled in the essay, felt like he got off the hook.
What a critic feels has no traction at all—what matters is what the critic thinks in relation to what the writer intends.
The Bellamy, says the critic, was only equal to the Cibber in expressing the ecstasy of love.
First of all, the critic ought to be a person of sound judgment.
I reminded my critic that we had seen together on our honeymoon at Pisa a tower that had been leaning for centuries.
I attribute this to my early recognition of the true function of a critic.
In addition to the work of the producer there must be considered the function of the critic.
1580s, "one who passes judgment," from Middle French critique (14c.), from Latin criticus "a judge, literary critic," from Greek kritikos "able to make judgments," from krinein "to separate, decide" (see crisis). Meaning "one who judges merits of books, plays, etc." is from c.1600. The English word always had overtones of "censurer, faultfinder."
To understand how the artist felt, however, is not criticism; criticism is an investigation of what the work is good for. ... Criticism ... is a serious and public function; it shows the race assimilating the individual, dividing the immortal from the mortal part of a soul. [George Santayana, "The Life of Reason," 1906]
A perfect judge will read each work of wit
With the same spirit that its author writ;
[Pope, "An Essay on Criticism," 1709]