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July 10, 2003

Terry Teachout, Blogger

Friedrich --

I'm thrilled to discover that Terry Teachout, one of the country's best critics -- he writes about theater for the WSJ and music for Commentary -- has just started his own blog. Is he the first of the "real" critics to do so? I'm hoping we'll see more of the professional art-chat class open their doors to the public a little more than they've shown themselves willing to do thus far.

I'm not surprised that Teachout is the leader here. He's a free thinker, not at all constrained by academic nonsense or media pomposity -- makes sense that he's written a biography of H.L. Mencken. He's generous with insights, discoveries and tips, and is also the kind of critic you get a lot out of even when you disagree with him. We need more such. We need more such running blogs, too. Take it to the people, critic-dudes and critic-dudettes.

You can find Teachout's site here.



UPDATE: Teachout is also contributing to the National Review's groupblog The Corner, here. Thanks to Sasha Castel-Dodge, here.

posted by Michael at July 10, 2003


Michael, Teachout is also contributing to National Review's "Corner" these days.

Posted by: Sasha Castel-Dodge on July 10, 2003 9:55 PM

Hey Sasha, thanks for pointing that out.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on July 10, 2003 10:48 PM

Best thing about Teachout's blog so far?

He doesn't include "architecture" as part of his scope. That's a good sign; it makes me nervous when someone starts to use that phrase "art and architecture."

Oh I don't care if he talks about buildings and cities; in fact I imagine that if he talks about culture, he must and will...but I am glad that he doesn't lump "architecture" in there as one of the "arts."

The Telegraph, for example, is more typical by confusing the two and calling its section --- "Art & Architecure" --- which actually go together of the problem to which Friedrich alluded in the post yesterday on "El Grullo."

Posted by: David Sucher on July 11, 2003 12:41 AM

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