Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2003 :: March ::
Re: Critical Encounters of the Negative Kind
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0601  Friday, 28 March 2003

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 2003 07:16:49 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0596 Critical Encounters of the Negative Kind

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 2003 14:19:04 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0596 Critical Encounters of the Negative Kind


[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:           R. A. Cantrell <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 2003 07:16:49 -0600
Subject: 14.0596 Critical Encounters of the Negative Kind
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0596 Critical Encounters of the Negative Kind

>There is only good and bad
>criticism.

No, there is ugly criticism too.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell

[2]-------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Sean Lawrence <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 2003 14:19:04 -0400
Subject: 14.0596 Critical Encounters of the Negative Kind
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0596 Critical Encounters of the Negative Kind

Charles Weinstein, who seems loathe to say things himself anymore,
quotes John Simon saying that

>If a surgeon's patients die on him, one after the
>other, does one excuse him by saying he did his best?  Can a
>statesman's, a military commander's, an educator's errors be excused so
>cheaply?

Actually, yes, they probably would.  If there's a cholera epidemic which
is killing everyone in the hospital, we would hardly think ourselves to
be improving the situation by abusing the surgeon who's staying on
duty.  Similarly, dismissing the general is a cheap compensation for
failure, usually indulged in by the very people who keep his soldiers
starving, under-reinforced, poorly equipped, ill-trained and fighting
wars they can't believe in.  For that matter, blaming the teachers is
all too often just a way to wax self-righteous and transfer the blame
for raising one's children poorly.

More importantly, perhaps, Simon simply dismisses the possibility of
constructive criticism, which is an absurd claim, as anyone who's
received any knows.

Yours,
Sean.

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.