Thursday, June 17, 2010


CRITIC, n. A person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him.
There is a land of pure delight,
Beyond the Jordan's flood,
Where saints, apparelled all in white,
Fling back the critic's mud.

And as he legs it through the skies,
His pelt a sable hue,
He sorrows sore to recognize
The missiles that he threw.
—Orrin Goof
2010 Update: A craftsman working in the arts of others.


the amoeba said...

So, Dawg, you're saying that the critic is a tool? One whose wrenching remarks turn careers and may strip artists of their livelihoods?

Susan at Stony River said...

You did my heart good on this one. Love it, love the timing, and the Update is a keeper.

the amoeba said...

(bolts this thread ...)

Nessa said...

I love "c" words.

This poem is particularly appealing.

A critic is definitely a wanna be and a never was.

Jim said...
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Jim said...

Please don't be too critical of our self-critic. If he had any worth whatsoever he would have critics other than himself. Then we could criticize those critics with whom we wouldn't agree.
Or could this be a perfectionist with no one able to throw any stones?
Does Mr. Goog ever goof?

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Anonymous said...

CRITIC, n. Sears may have a say in this but probably could careless about others "tools"

Ariel the Thief said...

Critic, the person who uses you as an example of the things he does wrong.

TLP said...

Critic: Ambrose Bierce. And a harsh one.

quilly said...

CRITIC n. one who points out every one else's faults hoping that will detract from his/her own abundant inadequacies.

k.a.gardner said...

I arrived at W.A.Cinema too late to "c"atch the early matinee.

quilly please tell nessa that I never bother attending her performances on the chrysalis stage.

critic n. see above

actonbell said...

Critics--those who cannot live in glass houses, and probably shouldn't wear white.

Anonymous said...

words and toothpaste
like exploded bombs
can never be reloaded into
their casement

word verf--asiness
smart butt

Doug said...

Amoeba, wouldn't those be rasping remarks?

See, Susan, and here I've been hearing how mean you are.

Amoeba, are you nuts?

Nessa, I disagree- I think a critic is an is.

Jim, Mr. Goog, if a critic, might point that you goofed on the spelling of his name.

Thom, Sears' Craftsman (tm) tools have a lifetime warranty on my heart. Been using them since a child.

Ariel, that's the definition that, had I come up with it, I'd be the artist rather than the critic.

Sure was, TLP.

Dagnabit, Quilly, and not a typo I can find.

Karen, seeing above is something we do a lot of here.

Actonbell, that was a good one, too. *tink*

Bear, that's why I never let my toothpaste out of its tube.

weirsdo said...

Toyplayer wants to be a film critic. If one has to leg it covered in mud, one might as well be paid.