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Or more accurately, of yesterday, but I forgot to link it then so I link it now: Geneva writes about subjectivity and evaluating literature:
Sometimes I want critical analysis to provide reasons that will show other people why they should like the books I like. Not because I think everyone should like exactly what I like, but because if I think a book is really good then I want to share that with people, give them the opportunity to get the same sort of experience out of reading the book that I got. But critical analysis can't and won't provide reasons like that. The best it can do is provide reasons why a reader who reads and appreciates literature in the same way as I do will like the book in question.

That's the best I can hope for as a reviewer. That whatever I write will communicate to people who know my tastes what they can expect from the book, given how what I like compares to what they like. The aims of reviewing are different from the aims of academic philosophical writing, and I've got to adjust to that. In philosophy there's no room for mere opinion, you're writing to convincingly and objectively argue your case, aiming to persuade everyone who reads your argument that you are right with cold, hard logic. Whereas reviewing is all about opinion, it's never going to convince everyone, isn't even supposed to. An objective reviewer is an oxymoron.
Lots of interesting stuff in the comments, too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaking of critical writing, I'm currently chasing non-fiction for my semi-pro magazine. Would you have any interest in writing anything about Margo Lanagan, or any other Australian writer for that matter?
Quite possibly; email me details? The @livejournal address works.