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Arts in the Afternoon: Whither the critic?

5:33 PM, Jun 6, 2011 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
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"In 1992 Colm Tóibín encountered the power of the critic for the first time. He awoke one morning to find The Heather Blazing, his second novel, favourably reviewed in the books section of the Sunday Times by a just-published author named Nick Hornby." The notice helped the Irish novelist sell books. But whither the critic in the age of the Internet? (Ignore the caption under the photography of novelist Anthony Burgess, however, stating that he's in Broadway's Spider Man: He's been dead nearly 20 years.)

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