Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was a master of words and knew how to use them to make a point. As a critic, poet, and essayist, everything and everyone was fair game for her brilliant and ruthless prose. She once observed, "The first thing I do in the morning is... Continue Reading →
From the pens of critics who are not afraid to speak freely: "This is not a novel to be tossed lightly aside. It should be thrown with great force." --- Dorothy Parker "I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be behind... Continue Reading →
Critic John Ruskin left no doubt of his opinion of Wagner's opera "Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg" -- "Of all the bête, clumsy, blundering, boggling, baboon-blooded stuff I ever saw on a human stage, that thing last night beat — as far as the acting and story went — and of all the affected, sapless,... Continue Reading →
It would be an understatement to say that Mark Twain was not a fan of Jane Austen. “She makes me detest all her people, without reserve. Is that her intention? It is not believable. Then is it her purpose to make the reader detest her people up to the middle of the book and like... Continue Reading →
“Michael Jackson’s album was called 'Bad' because there wasn’t enough room on the sleeve for 'Pathetic'.” -- Prince source
Voltaire wrote of Shakespeare's Hamlet, "It is a vulgar and barbarous drama, which would not be tolerated by the vilest populace of France, or Italy.... One would imagine this piece to be the work of a drunken savage."
Writing his assessment of an aspiring author's work, Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote, "Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good."
Al Capp, the creator and artist of the Lil' Abner comic strip, described modern art as "a product of the unlettered, sold by the unprincipled, to the utterly bewildered."
The original manuscript of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men was eaten by his dog. Steinbeck wrote of the incident to his agent and said, “I was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”