The changing world of professional criticism is illustrated by the stories that bookend our cover package: Iconic rock critic Robert Christgau , in conversation with Times-Picayune restaurant critic and current Nieman Fellow Brett Anderson, started out in the 1960s—in print, of course—at The Village Voice but now writes primarily for two online outfits, the Barnes & Noble Review and MSN, while Maria Popova created a job for herself as founder and editor of the website Brain Pickings, where she mashes up aspects of criticism and curation. The complementary and sometimes combative roles of critic and curator are also the subject of the essay by Paola Antonelli , senior curator in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design, who writes about the critical reception of the Museum of Modern Art's controversial recent acquisition of 14 video games.
COMMENTARY | January 13, 2011 The nation's largest defense contractor doesn't just make cluster bombs, overpriced fighter jets and ballistic missiles. Author William Hartung writes that it's also collecting information on you. This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.com . By William D.