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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Quote of the Day

"The emergence of the practitioner-blogger has the highest potential significance for arts journalism. Many, perhaps most, of the greatest critics in history -- George Bernard Shaw, Virgil Thomson, Edwin Denby and Fairfield Porter come immediately to mind -- were also practicing artists. But with the growing tendency of mainstream-media journalists to think of themselves as members of an academically credentialed profession, the practitioner-critic has lately become a comparative rarity in the American print media. Not so on the Web, which is one of the reasons why readers in search of stimulating commentary on the arts are going online to find it."

-Terry Teachout, Dean of Theatre Bloggers

Read his special column on online arts criticism here. Great that even Wall Street Journal readers will see this. Will the Times ever pay attention?

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