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Episode 14 – The Unwashed Reviews

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Literary critics have lorded over the pages of elite magazines for centuries, and in the twentieth century, magazines like the New Yorker and The Atlantic have helped make and break potential new books. But now, we’re in the 21st century. People find books through social media recommendations and user ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. Book review publications have gone belly up or have downsized.

Today, Jason and I look critically at the critics. What can they offer us today, if anything? Do we really rely on professional critics to help us choose what to read?

We discuss why so many critics get a bad rap, and why sometimes that bad rap is justified.

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Special thanks to Jason and the Beast for our show’s theme song, “Street Preacher.”

About Kevin Eagan

Kevin Eagan (@criticalmargins) is a freelance editor, writer, and teacher who lives in Central Florida. He edits book manuscripts and articles for local and national publications. In addition to writing about book technology and teaching college students how to write, Kevin works as an associate editor for punctum books. Previously, he was the books editor for Blogcritics. You can also follow him on Google+ or check out his professional website, KevinThomasEagan.com.

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  • Matt

    I filled two pages of notes while listening to you. Very, very interesting. You have a new subscriber.

    • http://criticalmargins.com/ Kevin Eagan

      Matt, thanks! That’s awesome. Always happy to know we have new listeners. The latest (Episode 15) expands on this topic, too.

    • http://jasonandthebeast Jason Braun

      Thanks for listening! And if there’s something you’d like to hear a show about, let us know.