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Critting Critics

From Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "Against criticism a man can neither protest not defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him."
Benajmin Disraeili: "How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct."
Edith Wharton: "After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others."
Kurt Vonnegut: "Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attached a hot fudge sundae."
Robert Burns, to a particular critic:"Thou eunuch of language: thou butcher, imbruing thy hands in the bowels of orthography: thou arch-heretic in pronunciation: thou pitch-pipe of affected emphasis: thou carpenter, mortising the awkward joints of jarring sentences: thou squeaking dissonance of cadence: thou pimp of gender: thou scape-gallows from the land of syntax: thou scavenger of mood and tense: thou murderous accoucheur of infant leanings: thou ignis fatuus, misleading the steps of benighted ignorance: thou pickle-herring in the puppet-show of nonsense."

That one is my favorite. I found it via a guest blog by DC poet Kim Roberts. Thanks, Kim!

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50/50

If one puts credence in positive critics, then one must logically do likewise to the negative.

 I contend that if there is either a positive or negative criticism, 50% who read it will consider getting the book. It isn't really what the critic says, it's how your name is spelled which is most important.

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attached or attacked

in the KV quote. either it works!

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I guess

I'll just let it RIP, wherever typos go...

Cheryl Snell www.shivasarms.blogspot.com

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That

gives a girl real hope, Dale!

Cheryl Snell www.shivasarms.blogspot.com