Alec Nevala-Lee

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Quote of the Day

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Written by nevalalee

August 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

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  1. Provocative. What’s the context? I read it to mean that critics risk less of themselves than artists, and don’t often have their work reviewed the way artists do … but I realized that was my meaning and not necessarily Lahr’s. Thanks. P.

    Peter Galen Massey

    August 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  2. Here’s the full context:

    “Criticism is a life without risk; and, therefore, it behooves the critic to honor the craft. To that end, I have tried to redefine theatre criticism to suit my own expressive needs not just as a writer but also as a theatre historian.”

    My own reading is that Lahr is saying that criticism is a life without risk compared to the harder, more dangerous work of primary creative activity. And while I don’t entirely agree, I think his point is essentially sound.

    nevalalee

    August 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm


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