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Posts tagged "criticism"

Jul 01, 2014
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If you love something that somebody does—some art, some words, some sounds—you tell them that you love it. You tell everyone how much you love it, repeatedly and enthusiastically. Don’t save your appreciation for later, or worry about wearing people out with your passion. Because the happy truth is this: If a piece of art truly moves you, you will never, ever run out of new adjectives to express how much you love it. Getting to love someone’s art is one of the very finest parts of being alive.

Jun 22, 2014
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Chuck Berry reviews classic punk records

“It’s nothing I ain’t heard before.”

Chuck Berry reviews classic punk records

“It’s nothing I ain’t heard before.”

May 24, 2014
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Beyoncé isn’t Beyoncé because she reads comments on the Internet. Beyoncé is in Ibiza, wearing a stomach necklace, walking hand in hand with her hot boyfriend. She’s going on the yacht and having a mimosa. She’s not reading shitty comments about herself on the Internet, and we shouldn’t either. I just think, Would Beyoncé be reading this? No, she would just delete it or somebody would delete it for her. What I really need to do is close the computer and then talk back to that voice and say, Fuck you. I don’t give a shit what you think. I’m Beyoncé. I’m going to Ibiza with Jay-Z now, fuck off. Being criticized is part of the job, but seeking it out isn’t. That’s our piece to let go.

Oct 21, 2013
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Sep 03, 2013
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“It wasn’t for me.”

I’ve become fond of the phrase “it wasn’t for me,” when referring to books (music, movies, etc.) that I don’t get into.

I like the phrase because it’s essentially positive: underlying it is the assumption that there is a book, or rather, books, for me, but this one just wasn’t one of them. It also allows me to tell you how I felt about the book without me shutting down the possibility that you might like it, or making you feel stupid if you did like it.

It just wasn’t for me. No big deal.

And “me” changes, so when you say, “It wasn’t for me,” maybe it’s not for the “me” right now—maybe it’s for future Me, or Me lounging in a beach chair in Jamaica, or Me at fourteen.

Responding to art is so much about the right place and right time. You have to feel free to skip things, move on, and (maybe) come back later.

And you have to be okay with saying, “It wasn’t for me.”

Jul 30, 2013
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A delightfully clueless review of Pet Sounds.

A delightfully clueless review of Pet Sounds.

May 31, 2013
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the trick is not caring what EVERYBODY thinks of you and just caring about what the RIGHT people think of you.
BENDIS! (via merlin)

(via merlin)

May 20, 2013
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The Zine Revolution

Joshua Glenn writes about one of the first zines he ever read, published by his friends at school in 1985:


  what impressed me most about The Mark of Cain is how it inspired a thuggish football player to punch John in the mouth… because the guy (correctly) assumed that the message “Diana, will you please shut the kindly fuck up” inscribed onto one of the zine’s pages was a reference to his girlfriend. John and I were co-editors of the school’s literary magazine, which inspired no such visceral reactions! Not that I wanted to be punched in the mouth, but in some inchoate way I realized then and there that literary publishing would never provide me with the kind of immediate, personal feedback loop I craved.


(Glenn co-edited the book Significant Objects with my friend, Rob Walker.

The Zine Revolution

Joshua Glenn writes about one of the first zines he ever read, published by his friends at school in 1985:

what impressed me most about The Mark of Cain is how it inspired a thuggish football player to punch John in the mouth… because the guy (correctly) assumed that the message “Diana, will you please shut the kindly fuck up” inscribed onto one of the zine’s pages was a reference to his girlfriend. John and I were co-editors of the school’s literary magazine, which inspired no such visceral reactions! Not that I wanted to be punched in the mouth, but in some inchoate way I realized then and there that literary publishing would never provide me with the kind of immediate, personal feedback loop I craved.

(Glenn co-edited the book Significant Objects with my friend, Rob Walker.

Mar 23, 2013
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Haters gonna hate (from Nancy Likes Christmas)

Haters gonna hate (from Nancy Likes Christmas)

(Source: twitter.com)

Mar 17, 2013
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You can only offend me if you mean something to me. You can’t break up with me if we didn’t date.
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