Quite by chance, I came across two articles I wrote in 2010 on criticism in crisis. I had just given up the last of my editorial responsibilities for hiring and firing critics and I was free to speak my mind.
Pressures were mounting on newspapers to cut review space and costs.
The first piece warns of declining standards among critics.
The second describes the arts critic as an endangered species, almost a write-off.
However, compared to present circumstances, 2010 seems a distant paradise.