The Critic

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 probably 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 defence of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. I experienced something new: an extraordinary experience from plurally unexpected sources. To say that both the experiences, and its sources have challenged my preconceptions about everything, is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core!

Speech adapted from Anton Ergo in Ratatouille; image courtesy of Wikifan