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August 6   -   ArtsJournal: music

That's Right, BBC, We Need More Cultural Critics, Not Fewer

As the Beeb un-cuts the Radio 4 discussion program, we still need reviews - though things have changed drastically. "In the 19th century lengthy reviews flourished to such a degree that Thomas Carlyle predicted 'by and by it will be found that all literature has become one boundless self-devouring review.' It didn’t quite happen but many of the modernists – Pound, Eliot, Woolf, Lawrence – are as celebrated for their critical essays as for their poems or novels."

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