I agree with every criticism that does not present itself as objective. If someone thinks my writing is horrible it’s true, to them, that my writing is horrible. I agree, if the statement is something like “I view your writing as horrible,” not something from an omniscient perspective like “this writing is horrible.
we have fun
As this scene opens I am walking around grabbing stuff and putting it in my backpack, about to leave for the day, and Keith is sitting at the kitchen table with his computer.
Me: Did you see the review of Taipei?
Keith: No, where was it?
Me: The New York Times.
Keith: Oh. Was it good?
Me: It was Dwight Garner, and he said that he hated it when critics said they both loved and hated a book, but then said he both loved and hated the book.
Keith: What else?
Me: I don’t know, it didn’t exactly say this but there was the implication that Tao Lin is describing a generation or a scene. I hate that. Not everyone in our generation has some kind of internet-borne autism spectrum disorder.
Keith: (in an affectless monotone, turning back to the computer) I can’t talk to you right now. I’m tweeting.
Me: I’m perceiving the experience of saying goodbye to you right now as “like closing a tab”