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Monday, July 09, 2007

Representin' for the 'Sphere

Terry Teachout stands up for us all in the WSJ last week, in a riposte to Richard Schickel's much-circulated rant against bloggers daring to call themselves critics.

Speaking as a veteran newspaper critic who started a blog four years ago, I suspect that Mr. Schickel hasn't looked at very many artblogs. I, on the other hand, read dozens of them each week. In fact, I now spend more time reading art-related blog postings than print-media reviews. Increasingly, they're sharper, livelier and timelier than their old-media competition.

This is why I have mixed feelings about the decline of regional newspaper criticism, much of which is uneven in quality and not a little of which is pointless.

Read on. And feel good.

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