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Chad Kohalyk
Chad Kohalyk is 96% done
Final two dialogues: The second to last dialogue is another good one. I really enjoyed these interludes. They were pretty enlightening, and I think I would like to sit down with Tony Scott for a coffee. The last dialogue, where he comments on critiques of his book is also helpful. Just goes to show how much a divisive tribe critics really are!
Nov 01, 2020 04:52PM
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth


Chad Kohalyk
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Ch6: The business of criticism. Basically no one is spared in this chapter: newspapers, universities, the blogosphere. Different writings have diff. values which are flattened as words become commoditized content. My fav quote “The professional is the one who does not do it for free, but also the one who does not do it only<\em> for the money…” The goal is to make a point—make a difference—not a buck.
Nov 01, 2020 05:30AM
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth


Chad Kohalyk
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Ch5: Practical considerations for doing criticism. Don’t be moderate; beware of aggregations and tastes of the crowd; argument > assertion; do not advertise/market; don’t be fooled by the seemingly novel; if music is all form, criticism is the opposite: “pure argument, absolute matter”; recreating the ecstasy of the sensual for the reader; geek vs dilettante criticisms. Lots to think about in this chapter.
Oct 30, 2020 07:12PM
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth


Chad Kohalyk
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Ch4: The role of a critic: “critics are vermin and their prey is a flower.” The image of the critic as some sort of high priest, and even if she works in isolation she is to represent the tastes of all. How is this a job?
Oct 29, 2020 06:11AM
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Chad Kohalyk
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Ch3: The context of consuming art, the museum, democratization and gentrification of art, which can affect quality and heterogeneity. Also, how art can change through time (Dead White Men syndrome)
Oct 28, 2020 11:31PM
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Chad Kohalyk
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The second dialogue on Self Criticism… wow! I feel seen!
Oct 27, 2020 02:04AM
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Chad Kohalyk
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Ch2: Aesthetics; the “viewer” of art and the goals of artists to evoke an emotional reaction in the viewer; and the critic’s goal to capture that reaction and express it in words.
Oct 27, 2020 12:54AM
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth


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