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Rachel Cooke on criticism: ‘What is the point of a critic if not to tell the truth?'

2 monthes ago   |   By The Guardian

In this age of pile-ons and ‘cancellations', complacency and cliques, how does a critic stay free-thinking and engaged? Our reviewer pauses for thought... When Mary Beard's new BBC documentary series Shock of the Nude began last month, I had high hopes. A new censoriousness is abroad both in the art world, and in our wider culture, and I hoped that she might have something to say about this: something clear, clever and non-prurient. But alas, it was not to be. I disliked her approach to marble fig leaves and the male gaze, and in the New Statesman , where I am the television critic, I said...
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