Great critic passes

Clive Barnes passed away yesterday. He was a great critic of both dance and drama – I can remember reading a review of his where he was up front saying he didn’t understand something and felt, as a result, he could not judge it. Or as the New York Times described him today:

Prolific and influential, he nonetheless maintained a consistently skeptical attitude toward criticism in general and his own in particular. “The job’s impossible,” he once said, “and one must pray that one will be only moderately incompetent.”

NY Times, 19 November 2008 on the death of Clive Barnes

We should all strive to be so intellectually honest.