Go here to see a long, long post I wrote in 2012 about the role of critics in art:
I re-read it this morning and my opinion hasn't changed. At all. The industry and the hobby and the webification of everything has changed but not my basic thoughts.
Just thought I'd give you something old and new to read while you are waiting for your international flight to some place intriguing and spectacular...
Loved the appended comments to this post as well.
Happy Sunday! A great day for a swim!!! KT