In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.
But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends...In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for ...Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. - Anton Ego.
What this really means is that those who observe, sample, watch, judge, evaluate, edit and fail to participate in, play with, engage, collaborate, be involved and actually having an understanding of something - anything - (through doing and action, through living ands expereinece) are actually - let's face it - irrelevant to the world.