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Roberta Smith lecturing on the craft of criticism at George Washington University

by Charlie Finch

The sportswriter Red Smith notoriously remarked that when he sat down to write he opened a vein and let it pour. His fellow New York Timeser Roberta Smith agrees, citing "the importance of terror" to her working life in a fascinating, if occasionally dry, lecture on the craft of criticism delivered at George Washington University last summer and now viewable on YouTube.