A really interesting (and somewhat outside the box) panel at Readercon on the real and/or perceived tension between reviewers, the work they’re reviewing, and the people who read and comment upon the reviews. Kevin Clark, John Clute, Amal El-Mohtar, Lila Garrott, Alex Jablokow and I took on the topic from a variety of perspectives, and while there was some lively disagreement (John had a somewhat more Romantic perspective on the critic’s role than I do, for example!), it all contributed to a energizing and fun discussion. As is often the case at Readercon, the audio here was a bit shaky, so be warned that this may at times be a little difficult to hear.
Greg is a professor, author and musician in New York City. Author of The Third Sign, Icarus, and various short stories.