To Pan Or Not To Pan: On Negative Reviews
Why I don't write as many negative reviews as I used to - and why they're still important.
I was thinking recently about negative reviews, spurred partly by Charles Payseur's post on the topic and by the recent Critical Friends episode featuring Aisha Subramanian, Dan Hartland, and Abigail Nussbaum. All these people are much more prolific reviewers than me, but I want to talk about my own experience, because I think when your reviews have a special purpose like Autistic Book Party’s - boosting good representation, calling out and dissecting bad representation - it changes things slightly.
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