You know the state of local arts criticism is in the crapper when the head of the Guthrie's public relations department is begging for critics to be more . . . critical. In this piece, posted on the local arts journal Playlist, Guthrie PR director Melodie Bahan bemoans the lack of incisive writing in our local daily newspapers, particularly their tendency to write "shallow puff pieces"—the very articles she, as a publicist, encourages them to write!
Bahan also wonders where the Twin Cities' Frank Rich is—that over-educated, arts-loving, hyper-articulate super-journalist who writes with the soul of a poet and doesn't mind being paid like one. If anyone locates him/her, by all means lets us know.
Bahan's primary target is the Star Tribune, of course, and David Brauer at Minnpost is reporting that the folks on Portland Ave. are not going to be sniped at without sniping back. Everyone loves a catfight (er, healthy exchange of opinions), so check it out.