RARA-AVIS: Re: James and Sayers

From: Charlie Williams ( cs_will@btopenworld.com)
Date: 13 Oct 2004

Hi Mike,

> > He's just saying the subject is shit. Which
> > is every critic's right, isn't it?

> I'm not sure it is. The critic has the right to
> explain why he
> thinks it's shit, but to make it clear why that's
> his opinion. No
> critic should force that opinion on others.

How can a critic force his opinion on others? I'm picturing Russell James at a cosy convention, waving an Uzi around and shouting things like "doom-laden" and "pessimistic", and "it may have humour".

Seriously, I thought it was accepted that when a critic writes something judgemental it is just opinion.

Charlie Williams.

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