The problem with much criticism: it proceeds from the flawed premise that art is hierarchical.
Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".
If people critique your themes or intentions, that's a sign you've leveled up.
More on how most writers are not good givers of writerly feedback. Few people are.
On how my friend and fellow writer Matt is against the idea of the "hook" as a narrative mechanism.
Why I no longer write reviews of stuff for my own site.