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Should critics, especially those who write about relatively marginalized areas of culture, simply ignore work they don’t like? Should they treat it harshly? Or is there some third path between these two? Is a critic primarily a consumer reporter, telling her reader whether to go out and buy a book or a ticket to the show? Or is the critic’s first job to engage with the work at hand in an honest way, even if that means dismissing work that otherwise would go unnoticed?
On Monday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m., please join Harper’s Magazine associate editor Christopher Beha, who will be moderating a panel featuring critics Daniel Mendelsohn, Laura Miller, Troy Patterson, and Jacob Silverman, sponsored by the New School’s School of Writing.
Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor (map)
Admission: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come, first-served
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"She never thanked me, never looked at me—melted away into the miserable night, in the strangest manner I ever saw. I have seen many strange things, but not one that has left a deeper impression on my memory than the dull impassive way in which that worn-out heap of misery took that piece of money, and was lost."