The folks behind Longform.org and Alexandra Lange are launching a site dedicated to picking the best of culture criticism, essays, and reviews. Let’s Get Critical is up and running, and I, for one, am already Instapapering things.
But I’m not just glad to see this because it’ll give me new things to read. Criticism performs a different function than reported journalism, but that doesn’t mean it’s less important, just that it functions in different ways and comes at societal problems from different directions. I’m glad to see folks who have done so much to insist on the importance and relevance of a form a lot of people have treated as if it’s prematurely dead are bringing their attention to a form that a lot of people treat as if it’s fatally light.