So how does one go about becoming a book/literary critic? do you have to have some specific sort of literary degree? who died and made their opinion so freakin' invaluable? Sometimes it seems that all that is required of a critic is a superiority complex and a pissy attitude. "Critics think theirs is a profession which allows one a certain license to be vicious outside the bounds of normal civilized behavior. One would never tell someone that their life's work is a "piece of hot stinky garbage", face to face, in private, but the critic thinks nothing of making the same pronouncement to the whole world as if he were performing a high moral duty." -can't remember who said that "Those who can't do, teach, and those who can't teach critique." -Yussef Hollander (HS English teacher) My friend just got a book published, after years of editing, and some buttmonkey critic went out of his way to really insult his work. what a dirty butt eater... I wonder what people would think of shakespeare were he a member of generation x. I wonder what kind of reviews he would get.