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Nasty, harsh, scathing literary criticism

I enjoy reading erudite yet caustic criticism of literature. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Dec 16, 2014 - 33 answers

I'd like to edit an e-book series with multiple authors. How?

The bottom has basically fallen out of the music journalism market, and I'd like to do my part to keep great longform music writing alive by starting an e-book series where some of those critics and thinkers can do their thing. I have no experience in book publishing, though, and I don't know yet how digital book publishing works, aside from the fact that you can self-publish on Kindle. Help me get my bearings. [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on Dec 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Was this an abusive relationship?

I dated a guy for a couple years. There were a lot of problems. For my own self-knowledge, I'd like to know whether it was just incompatibility, or whether he was being abusive. [more inside]
posted by vienna on Oct 25, 2014 - 27 answers

Surviving the editorial process

If you are a writer (nonfiction or fiction), a designer, or a programmer, how do you survive the editorial process with your self-esteem intact? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Are there any good critiques of Neil Postman out there?

So I was assigned Amusing Ourselves to Death as a freshman, and strongly disliked it; much of it was over my head, and my takeaway then was that he was merely a reactionary who believed "Print good. Electronic media bad." However, I'm older and hopefully smarter and I'd like to come at it fresh, and see if I can get more out of it. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Sep 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Communication between two hypersensitive, beanplating marshmallows

My boyfriend and I both hate making each other feel bad. Does this mean we can't talk about things that aren't going well? He in particular feels very hurt when I bring up things that are bothering me. [more inside]
posted by segfault on Aug 12, 2014 - 22 answers

Micromanagement is giving me a sad

The micromanagement in my workplace is starting to impact seriously on my confidence. How best to handle this? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jul 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Winter Is Being GRRM's Editor

I'm about halfway through reading the first Game of Thrones book, and I'm looking for some literary criticism or in-depth articles about the series' writing (books only). [more inside]
posted by Red Desk on Jul 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Dealing with parental pressures to find a job

I recently graduated, but I'm already feeling pressure to find a job now or else be bombarded with my mom's criticism. How should I deal with this until I get work? [more inside]
posted by bluekazoo on Jun 18, 2014 - 22 answers

Fans are Slans?

Who was it that spoke out against works of fiction with characters and plots similar to 'Slan,' in which the sympathetic protagonist is innately, biologically, invisibly superior or special for some reason, and is persecuted or otherwise struggles because of it? [more inside]
posted by Verg on Jun 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Criticism, Belief, and Experience

Does anyone have any advice about taking criticism is a healthy manner? Whether it be work, your home life, or some other venue, taking criticism seems to be an important skill. When people who I do not know very well offer criticism or unsolicited advice I can have a hard time with it, if I'm not sure whether what they are telling me is solid or not. Which leads me to my next question about how much of what someone tells you do you take on faith versus trusting your own experiences? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jun 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Is There a Word for This? (Part ∞)

Is there a word for the "argument" people use that someone has no right to criticize because s/he is unable to perform the action/make the object in question? [more inside]
posted by xenization on May 29, 2014 - 8 answers

A concept so big the mind can't grasp it...

I read an article recently about our species ongoing bid to destroy our natural habitat. In the article (possibly 'The Guardian') it invoked a concept invented by (I think) a cultural critic (whose name escapes me), the general premise being that our slow-motion environmental collapse falls into a class of ideas that are so vast that our minds can't process or focus on it and therefore it tends to disregard it. I'm sure the article gave this concept a name...any ideas?
posted by Rufus T. Firefly on Apr 23, 2014 - 8 answers

How to best publish lack of findings

I completed my Masters dissertation (in the UK) which used a research-area standard measure to compare two populations of subjects. Nothing I hypothesised was found to be significant, and actually, even with heavy stratifying and manipulation, I couldn't find any links. I did, however, find a problem with the measure. Its creator is still doing research. How can I best share this problem to encourage others to look at it? [more inside]
posted by fizban on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I prepare myself to resolve this toxic situation with my boss?

My boss and I got along fairly well before I got promoted to a full-time position. She was clear about priorities but fairly hands-off, which I liked, and open to questions (of which I had many, since I'm just starting out). At the time of the promotion, I was given many, many additional responsibilities and started to run into a micromanaging side of her I hadn't seen before. And a weird, contradictory expectation. If I asked her things, she started to tell me to figure them out myself. She wanted me to take initiative. Great, I thought. I'm fine with that. Except that when I started taking initiative, she was then critical if I didn't do things in exactly the way she would have done them.... [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon on Mar 31, 2014 - 14 answers

Films by artists?

Apologies in advance for what may be a poorly constructed question, but: I'm looking for films (preferably narrative feature films) made by artists who first established themselves in a medium other than film. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Mar 26, 2014 - 27 answers

Words On Film

I want to read more essays on individual films, along the lines of Tim Kreider's "Introducing Sociology" (on Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Give me your links to critical readings of Buffy/Angel!

Some recent FPPs about Buffy have reminded me of Reading the Vampire Slayer which is a collection of critical essays about the show circa season 5. It was surprisingly interesting and I would like to read more things like that. I'm looking for relatively academic stuff (not fannish musings but more like comparative studies of the show vs. various mythologies, thematic analysis, etc) and Google is failing me. Links to online sources would be ideal but books are okay too.
posted by annekate on Dec 17, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I improve my writing?

My writing tends to be very brief, and it's difficult for me to write long essays that are good. Also, I would like to start writing literary and cultural critiques and would like MeFites' advice. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Sep 28, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I let go of the bullshit?

I just authored a very public, very high profile work of art. This is my first big entry into a field that I have been working in for a couple of years. I'm very proud of it, and, for the most part, it's been received really well. But, of course, there have been people who have nitpicked at it, and I find myself dwelling on those criticisms. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 - 34 answers

Coworker is not taking constructive criticism well

I'm working on a group project that involves the group doing a lot of review and critique of each other's work before it becomes the final product. A coworker is not taking the criticism well and I'm trying to understand what is the best way for *me* to handle this and also what is reasonable for me to expect from the coworker. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Jun 28, 2013 - 24 answers

Golden Compass close read

Due to persistant recommendations on AskMe, I am finally reading (well, listening to) The Golden Compass. It's amazing. Now I want to read about The Golden Compass. [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 13, 2013 - 16 answers

How to stop dwelling on my previous unpleasant relationship

I'm in a happy relationship but still have thoughts about my previous unhappy relationship. Sometimes it's worry that the current one will go sour like the previous one, and sometimes I actually wish the previous one had worked, even though it was toxic. How do I stop this and just focus on the present? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Your favourite clever pop culture sites/podcasts/lectures

I'm at home ill at the moment, watching lots of films and reading a lot (this week I've watched 14 films and read 2 books). I'd like to find sites (or podcasts/lectures/etc) that intelligently examine media and/or popular culture. I regularly read articles on Popmatters and sometimes the A.V. Club (but not so much). What are your favourite film/media crit resources? Podcasts? Lectures? Thank you in advance for any help!
posted by everydayanewday on Jan 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Please, not another Snookie.

A reality tv show that will be airing in January on a major national cable television tv network was filmed next door to my house. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Critical Contexts for Writing : a reading list

I've been asked to put together a longish reading list for a BA Art/Literature module, and I'd love some ideas for texts outside my current knowledge. The list should cover a series of genres and contexts, with writing from, and about, the history and theory of art, journalism, academia, design, architecture and film. Writing on design and architecture are particularly outside my knowledge. What innovative and critically significant writings can you recommend across any of these subject areas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 14, 2012 - 8 answers

boss destroying morale

We like our jobs but toxic manager is gutting us. It feels awful because we can't perform to our full potential when she's around and feel like we have no career prospects. How can we help ourselves? [more inside]
posted by swimmingly on Dec 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"?

Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Oct 19, 2012 - 11 answers

School me in the art of critiques.

What are some good strategies when critiquing in a college art environment? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Sep 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me stop being mean.

I am unnecessarily and randomly critical of people. It is worse when I am stressed. This impacts my friendships, home life, and work. I need to stop. [more inside]
posted by domo on Sep 12, 2012 - 34 answers

Looking for a variety of good music criticism

Crowdsource my syllabus: I'm looking for the best relatively short music review essays, in a wide variety of writing styles and formats. [more inside]
posted by bahngerama on Aug 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Common tactics for explaining art and portraying artists

Is there such a thing as meta-analysis of art literature? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Jul 20, 2012 - 4 answers

I don't even want to know how bad I am.

How do I get over my fear of criticism, especially in an academic setting? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 27, 2012 - 18 answers

Midlander-born and raised, former resident of Greater Appalachia and New Amsterdam, current resident of the Left Coast, seeks definitive historical theory to explain his life experiences

What are the major criticisms of Colin Woodard's book American Nations? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Shut (me) up, put (me) down

My boyfriend of two years feels compelled to put me down, in not-so-friendly ways, for the negative tendencies he sees in me. [more inside]
posted by Aleatoire on May 23, 2012 - 71 answers

Ballet Appreciation for Dummy

I'm going to see my first ballet on Saturday. What should I expect, how can I appreciate it, and what should I look out for? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Good TV critics?

Where is the good TV criticism? [more inside]
posted by signal on Mar 9, 2012 - 25 answers

I'd like to be nicer

I'm casually critical much of the time. I'd like to change that. I'd especially like to stop casually criticizing and reflexively disagreeing with loved ones. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Where-y Potter?

A couple of years ago I found a website that had a bunch of essays about popular culture. There was a group of them by one author that were quite (sarcastically?) critical of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling. I'd like to find and read them again, but I remember so little about where I found them. [more inside]
posted by themanwho on Jan 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Good Fantasy Critiques

Can anyone help me find good online critiques of fantasy? Tropes and cliches, characterizations, books, etc. [more inside]
posted by Danila on Nov 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Maybe I'm just an asshole...

How or when is it okay to "correct" your SO? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Nov 2, 2011 - 62 answers

Help an editor keep their cool

I've been asked to type up and edit a work of fiction for a friend / relative / neighbor, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 16, 2011 - 27 answers

"People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise."

How do I deal with criticism from a friend? How do I ensure that said criticism is meant to be constructive and not just spiteful? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Jul 15, 2011 - 41 answers

Help me find books of pop culture criticism

Help me find cool books of criticism/essays/interviews/etc. [more inside]
posted by Clustercuss on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

What's a nicer way to say "BUTT OUT"?

My husband is critical, I'm defensive, we fight. What are some tricks for defusing situations like this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2011 - 33 answers

word for a work within a work?

(for a friend) I am looking for "the word used to describe a description of a work of art or poem within another work--its a term used in art history and poetics, and it drives me crazy that it escapes me."
posted by idiopath on Apr 29, 2011 - 10 answers

They're all gonna laugh at me

Is blunt criticism a warning for being fired? I work in a small office where 3 mistakes (mainly numerical errors) I made have been called embarrassing in a 5 month period. This is not a financial sector job. Yes I make more than 1 mistake a month, but what's bothering me is that this specific word has been used by the 3 people I work with most. [more inside]
posted by Freecola on Apr 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Twilight, Rearranged

I'm trying to find a Twilight-related blog that I remember seeing recently. The blogger cut all the pages out of a copy of Twilight, scanned or photographed them, and rearranged snippets of text to highlight and criticize odd or repetitive choices of language. [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Apr 23, 2011 - 3 answers

art school confidential

Help me become the uninhibited artist and writer I once was. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Apr 21, 2011 - 13 answers

The Shining

I was recently watching The Shining and I was struck by what an amazing movie it is. I'm not very well versed in film theory, so I was wondering if someone who knows film can tell me, from a critical perspective, what makes it such a great movie. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 10, 2011 - 39 answers

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