What a critic feels has no traction at all—what matters is what the critic thinks in relation to what the writer intends.
Yes, I've certainly felt that way in relation to other people.
Even Congress likes this Paulson (he is no relation to Hank).
Tom Davis (no relation to Wendy) is very clear in his perspective on this.
Finally, another from Mehlman, this in relation to the now-tiresome "Ronald Reagan couldn't win a primary in today's GOP:"
Much has been said about the relation of the college to the university.
With regard to his economy, nothing can be added to the relation of his life.
With the Americans on the furnace, the relation was the traditional one.
She is not going to be a relation of yours, in the first place.
The relation between Reader and Author is not to be treated so lightly.
late 14c., "connection, correspondence;" also "act of telling," from Anglo-French relacioun, Old French relacion "report, connection" (14c.), from Latin relationem (nominative relatio) "a bringing back, restoring; a report, proposition," from relatus (see relate). Meaning "person related by blood or marriage" first attested c.1500. Stand-alone phrase no relation "not in the same family" is attested by 1930.
relation re·la·tion (rĭ-lā'shən)
A logical or natural association between two or more things; relevance of one to another; connection.
The connection of people by blood or marriage; kinship.
A person connected to another by blood or marriage; a relative.
The positional relationship of the teeth or other structures in the mouth.
See equivalence relation, partial ordering, pre-order, total ordering.