What is Reviewism?

I was once only an occasional correspondant for the British Theatre Guide, but then after a stint as a videogame critic for the now defunct Games Section of The Skinny Magazine I found myself part of a team creating our own publication.  SquareGo Videogames Magazine.

I also spend the month of August each year running frantically around Edinburgh reviewing 60 or 70 plays and comedy shows for British Theatre Guide.

I happened upon the concept of reviewism after I found myself unable to stop criticising everything that appeared in front of me.  Not simply books, films and artwork, but people, weather systems and even the cracks in the pavement.  There is but one tenet of Reviewism, summed up simply in Blake’s old addage:

“That which can be destroyed, must be destroyed.”

It is nothing more than the belief that all criticism should be honest, fair, unflinching and able to stand its ground in the face of trends, bad rhetoric and whimsy.

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