Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Critic

[Ed. Note: This essay, written in Nantucket in 1982, appeared in Ned Rorem’s collection Setting The Tone: Essays and a Diary (Coward McCann, 1983) which is currently out of print. Many of the issues he raises in this 20 year-old essay are still extremely relevant today, which is why with the kind permission of Mr. […]