Everybody’s a Critic


The Critic, Museum of Modern Art, NYC © Steven Willard

When everyone’s a critic it can take a thick skin, or a healthy amount of self confidence, or both, to display one’s work. We can begin to wonder if our work is good enough and start trying to make our work perfect. That can be a formula for disaster. In Shakespeare’s King Lear , the Duke of Albany offers this warning, “striving to be better, oft we mar what’s well”. Wanting to get better at what we do is admirable, but not if it stifles our art, or spoils the fun.

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