“A critic’s job, nine-tenths of it, is to make way for the good by demolishing the bad.”
I tend to scribble things I come across — could be in a magazine, a book, on a menu — on scraps of paper. This one I’ve been carrying around on a breakfast receipt since last May. I’m still not sure what to do with the thought, but it’s time to put it somewhere so I can throw out the receipt. I’m filing it here.
There are a million amusing quotes about criticism, so I don’t know why I’ve kept this one around so long.
When I figure it out, I’ll let you know.
(But also, to be clear, this not a call to arms. Here I can lean on H.L. Mencken, who said: “A critic is a man who writes about things he doesn’t like.”)