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A chance decision made an iconic photograph. Thirty years later, what does it reveal?
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Criticism and Truth: A Folio

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A response to Jonathan Kramnick’s Criticism and Truth
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Writing for the Reader

A response to Jonathan Kramnick’s Criticism and Truth
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The Rhapsodic Critic

A response to Jonathan Kramnick’s Criticism and Truth
Elaine Scarry

Jean Stein’s Rolodex

The legendary editor’s social genius
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When the Movies Mattered

Siskel and Ebert and the heyday of popular movie criticism
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The shape-shifting voice that changed American poetry
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Critical Navel-Gazing

If criticism is in crisis, it’s not the critic’s problem
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A Reviewer’s Life

The material constraints of writing criticism today
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A new book makes the case for bewilderment as a critical virtue
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Has something been lost over the past twenty years—or does criticism still thrive? What do we do when we talk about art? Have the ways we evaluate books changed? And perhaps most important of all: What do we need from criticism?

Meghan O'Rourke An Introduction to Our Criticism Issue

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