When students asked if I could speak for an hour about writing criticism, the request flummoxed me. I look in the mirror to fix my hair and write in my journal; scrutinizing methods hasn’t engaged me. After a fitful start, I cobbled together a PowerPoint that encompassed my most sapient points. Readers will get an idea by looking at this post’s title. I even managed to discuss for a couple minutes Pitchfork’s coverage of Taylor Swift this morning.
Below is “Finding Your Voice: Writing Criticism in the Rotten Tomatoes Era.” Caveats about improvisation apply; I condescend to faculty who treat PPTs as if they, the PPTs, were scripts by Eugene O’Neill instead of Mike Leigh.