Category Archive: The Art of Reviewing

Translation Tuesdays: 4 Non-English Works About Drag Queens

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Four Non-English Novels about Drag Queens: so begins MP Johnson Week at The Driftless Area Review.

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Driftless Area Review Metapost

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A general update on the business of the Driftless Area Review blog.

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Commonplace Book: Jacques Barzun on Criticism

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Jacques Barzun on the art of reviewing.

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Changes in September

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After more than three years, the Driftless Area Review is preparing to make some changes. These changes will be both large and small.

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The Art of Reviewing: Roland Barthes

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After an overlong hiatus, “The Art of Reviewing” returns with a profile of Roland Barthes, exploring his the French semiotician and literary critic expanded the subject matter for reviewers, his influence of pop culture studies, and his usefulness in curatorial practice.

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What I’m Reading 2012 and Other Business

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What I’m Reading 2012 Overview: I’m currently reading five books.  Each poses certain challenges (in some cases, self-imposed challenges) to me as a reader, reviewer, critic, historian, and aesthete.  While New Year’s Resolutions… Continue reading

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Critic’s Notebook: Unpopular Causes, Part IV

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Nathan Rabin and the Countercanonical Critique The AV Club has carved out a niche of reputable pop cultural criticism.  Nathan Rabin has been profiled before in the Art of Reviewing.  It focused on… Continue reading

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The Art of Reviewing: Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain’s impact on food writing.

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The Art of Reviewing: Cintra Wilson (Part One)

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Every blog needs a large-scale project. The Art of Reviewing will explore reviewing as an art form and as a valuable element to understanding society.  During this project, I will profile specific reviewers… Continue reading

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The Art of Reviewing Special Edition(TM): The 20 Minute “Avatar” Review

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Every blog needs a large-scale project. The Art of Reviewing will explore reviewing as an art form and as a valuable element to understanding society.  During this project, I will profile specific reviewers… Continue reading

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