Culture Briefing— Global


Film, music and book reviews plus our culture editor Robert Bound looks at the value of good criticism

Bill cunningham, Essays, Films, Roger Garcia, books, music, theory

Everyone’s a critic

What’s the point of critics now that we all think we are one?


“Crrrritic!” was how Samuel Beckett had his tramp Estragon dispatch the ultimate insult in Waiting for Godot. Critic: the ultimate diss? Many playwrights, musicians, novelists, artists and film directors have felt the same as France’s finest Irishman, felt that the word comes straight from the top-shelf of no-nos, that to be a critic is to be the lowest of the low. But only because they probably deserved it. But: really?

Most regular punters might disagree…


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