The Art of Criticism
with Justin Chang
Every critic has been moved, at some point in time, by the impulse to describe an experience of a work of art in his or her own words. In this class we will explore and encourage that impulse by reading criticism, writing criticism, and thinking and talking about criticism. We will also have opportunities to share the art that spurred us toward criticism in the first place, and seek to answer the question of whether criticism itself is a form of art (hint: yes).
Justin Chang is a film critic for the Los Angeles Times and for the National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. Before joining The Times, he was chief film critic at Variety. He is the author of the book FilmCraft: Editing and serves as chair of the National Society of Film Critics and secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. In 2014 he received the inaugural Roger Ebert Award from the African-American Film Critics Assn. A Southern California native and USC graduate, he lives with his wife and daughter in Pasadena.