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Top Five Feuds between Musicians and Their Critics

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The dispute over a pianist's review in the Washington Post is the latest in a long line of rifts between performers and critics. Just take a look at these five examples.
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Conducting Business

Dejan Lazic, Pianist Who Demanded Removal of Review, Confronts Critic

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The pianist Dejan Lazic wants Google to remove a critical review from its search results. He explains why to the critic, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: Caitlin Moran

Monday, September 29, 2014

The bestselling author shares a playlist of her favorite songs, and talks about embracing enthusiasm, combating cynicism and coming of age as a teenage girl in 1990's England. 

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WQXR Blog

'Maestro' or 'Conductor?' Terminology Sparks Critical Spat

Saturday, August 30, 2014

One critic says the word "maestro" (and "maestra") has been overused and it's time to give it a rest. Another critic accuses him of sexism.
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Fishko Files

The Critic

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Critic Harris Goldsmith has known classical music from both sides –as gifted performer and insightful listener. His unusual musical life is the subject of this Fishko Files.

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Listen to Lucy

Ryanair volte-face shows feedback is best given face-to-face

Monday, October 07, 2013

Ryanair volte-face shows feedback is best given face-to-face

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

A 'Lively' Rant on Popular Film, McCarthyism, and Genre Fiction

Friday, February 22, 2013

WNYC

The writer, critic, editor, filmmaker, television pioneer, and broadcaster Gilbert Seldes comments on censorship, a favorite topic, in this 1953 broadcast of The Lively Arts

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Inspiration Strikes After Tragedy: Alfred Kazin on His New Yorker Trilogy

Friday, November 02, 2012

WNYC

Starting Out in the Thirties (1965), the second installment of Kazin's New Yorker Trilogy, had just been published when he gave this brief talk on the genesis of his artistic motivation at a 1965 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Daniel Mendelsohn on Culture and Criticism

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Cultural critic Daniel Mendelsohn, who writes for The New York Review of BooksThe New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review talks about the highs and lows of culture. His new collection, Waiting for the Barbarians, brings together 24 of his recent essays on subjects from "Avatar" to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our fascination with the Titanic to his dissection of "Mad Men."

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Tasty Medieval Cockentrice Edition

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the re-release of Singin' in the Rain and its place in film history, Time Machine Chefs and food-centric reality TV, and the debate over whether critics should be more critical.

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WQXR Blog

How to Reinvent the Role of the Music Critic

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In the past seven years, more than half of all arts journalism jobs have been eliminated in American newsrooms. A new project seeks new models for local arts journalism in the digital age.

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Operavore

Critical Thinking: Whose Opinions Really Matter?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In a recent blog post, arts administrator Michael Kaiser considers the death of music criticism. Our Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti has her own strong opinions on the matter.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Summers Talks About Critic Dwight Macdonald

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

John Summers, the editor of The Baffler, discusses the American critic and writer Dwight Macdonald, an uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, an anarchist, and a pacifist. Summers assembled new selection of Macdonald’s finest essays, Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain. It shows Dwight Macdonald as a critic of America’s susceptibility to cultural fakery—he dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it on aesthetic and on political grounds.

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Gallerina

Gallerina's First Annual Year-End Guide to Year-End Arts Coverage

Thursday, December 23, 2010

WNYC
APM

Here's WNYC's year-end guide to year-end lists of the best, the worst, and the most ridiculous of 2010.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Issues

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall, a website and monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy, talks about the problems some voters experienced yesterday at the polls and addresses criticism of the Board of Elections.

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Soundcheck

The Future of Music Criticism

Friday, May 07, 2010

On today's show: what the future holds for music journalism. Also: live music from Brooklyn folk supergroup the Wingdale Community Singers.

Soundcheck

Where Does Music Journalism Go Next?

Friday, May 07, 2010

Pop critics Jim DeRogatis and Ann Powers discuss the uncertain future of music criticism.

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Studio 360

Musical Invective

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Critics make mistakes all the time. A musicologist named Nicholas Slonimsky collected them — short-sighted, ignorant, or vitriolic reviews of works we now consider masterpieces. We set excerpts from Slonimsky's Lexicon of Musical Invective to music. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Studio 360

Kids Books

Saturday, July 23, 2005

We posed this question to two prominent book critics: How do you write a serious review of a book called Everybody Poops? Produced by Matt Holzman.

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Studio 360

Disco Orpheus

Saturday, March 12, 2005

There’s one movie about Orpheus that hasn’t made it onto anyone’s Top 10 List. In fact, the few people who saw it on the big screen in 1980 probably forgot about it as quickly as possible — or tried to. But a cult following grew around The Apple, ...

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