For an art scene to flourish, there have to be good critics. I’d bank that they’re as vital to local art thriving as the artists. They criticize when work comes up short and call the artists to better realize their ideas. They also understand the context in which art was created, so the work can be exported to an audience that wouldn’t have otherwise appreciated it.

I don’t know what Tom Mooney thinks of my stories, but I’m glad he has a copy.