Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: NY Times article on Altman's Long Goodbye

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 15 Apr 2007

You're right, Mr. T.- this was opinion, as is all artistic criticism. That said, the best artistic criticism (as does the best punditry, etc.), recognizes the "other side" of questions of taste, especially in light of the long dialogue that has taken place regarding the relative merits (or lack thereof) of the canon of Robert Altman.

And I'm not talking about making a strawman out of the other side of the equation only to demolish it.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Jacques Debierue
  Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2007 5:33 PM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: NY Times article on Altman's Long Goodbye

  --- In, "Brian Thornton" <tieresias@...> wrote:
> With all due respect, I went and read it. VERY well-written, and absolutely one-sided. It
  does not discuss the point of view that Altman produced a turkey in anything but a passing
  manner, and is very forgiving of Altman.

  When you write an article, you absolutely don't have to give opponents any territory. You
  write your opinion. If someone else wants to write an article expressing another point of
  view, _they_ should write it, not you. This is not news reporting.




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