Column by Sadie Hartmann March 9, 2020
It's easy to assume that five-star, glowing reviews are able to convince readers to buy a book, but what about those ranty, complaining reviews from Negative Nancy? Do those sell books too?
Column by Lisa Bubert
...or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust My Tattoo Artist.
Column by Annie Neugebauer June 6, 2018
On the concept of writers needing to develop a "thicker skin," and why it's a damaging myth.
Column by Bart Bishop April 24, 2018
A look at the last 20 years of the online film criticism community through the lens of Jeremy Smith's upcoming book "When It Was Cool".
Column by Annie Neugebauer
What is an artistic nemesis, why do you want one, what should you look for, and how do you find them?
Column by Peter Derk June 12, 2017
This is what happens when you stop being real and start getting polite.
Subjective Preference vs. Objective Quality: A.O. Scott's 'Better Living Through Criticism' and Why Everyone is a CriticColumn by Bart Bishop
A look at A.O. Scott's recent book on criticism, and why it's natural and necessary.
Column by Bart Bishop
In which the author channels Harlan Ellison's film criticism, collected in 1989's 'Watching', to explain why critics are actually modern shamans teaching secret messages of empathy.
Column by Ed Sikov October 2, 2015
In the literary justice system, critic-based offenses are considered particularly heinous. Idiots are to blame. These are their stories.
Column by Leah Dearborn March 27, 2015
Giving up on a piece of writing seems counterintuitive. We’re told from an early age that if we just keep trying, one day we’ll succeed. But sometimes effort just isn’t enough.
Column by Max Booth III January 8, 2015
Every new book is a first date trying to convince the reader to take it home and get naked.
Column by Daniel Hope August 27, 2014
A few essential steps that will give your writing group (and consequently your writing) the best chance of success.
Column by Brandon Tietz July 30, 2014
Critiquing a short story vs. essay/non-fiction — A how-to guide for all you workshoppers out there.
Column by Dean Fetzer March 7, 2014
Are we entitled to some kind of reciprocal linking if we review someone’s book (particularly if we write a good review)? More's to the point - is there any point to book reviews?
Column by Richard Thomas January 28, 2014
Some tips on how to write a compelling book review.
Column by Keith Rawson January 27, 2014
Do Amazon and Goodreads reviews suck or is Keith Rawson just an a$$hole? Or maybe a little of both?
Column by Robbie Blair September 4, 2013
Tips for how to take criticism—including both constructive feedback and more volatile attacks on your work.
Column by Ed Sikov April 5, 2013
An appreciation of the most famous film critic in the world.
Column by Phil Jourdan January 31, 2013
The creative potential in social media platforms is obvious, but what about the other side? Phil Jourdan looks at the way Twitter can encourage new ways of thinking critically about the arts.
Column by Phil Jourdan March 14, 2012
Never mind Jonathan Franzen's rants on eBooks and Twitter. He poses a more serious threat: the decline of literary difficulty.