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Supporting Cast: Is There Still a Role for Jazz Criticism?

I have lived in the theater as a Trappist monk lives in his faith. In it I toil not, nor do I spin. I am a critic and a commentator. I am essential to the theater-as ants to a picnic, as the boll weevil to a cotton field.”

The words, as uttered by Addison DeWitt, describe a state of criticism verging on the parasitic. And in the case of DeWitt-a baleful theater critic played by George Sanders in the 1950 film classic All About Eve-the statement has the ring of haughty, self-loathing truth.

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