Often “we hear about the ‘impotence’ and ‘dryness’ of the critic” (3). Yet, “The only way to forestall the work of criticism is through censorship, which has the same relation to criticism that lynching has to justice” (4).
â€” from Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957).
We don’t want the loonies (loonatic critics) taking over. Gagging order: A couple more for breakfast, a little more for tea. Just to take the edge off.