Last month, New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones's number was up for Ask the Author, a regular blog feature on the magazine's website. He answered readers' questions about specific artists, copyright issues, and his writerly process, and kindly dispensed some wisdom for aspiring music journalists. (He even gave Kaki King a shout-out. Holler.) If you haven't read it yet, it's definitely worth your time. Here's a snippet:
Isn't music criticism just a veiled attempt to create an exclusive canon of what's cool? David Kootnikoff Hong Kong, China
I thought it was an overt attempt to get a seat in the balcony.