David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jane Austen has handily overtaken pretty much everybody among staged romantic comedies, not just because she helped codify the form, but because nobody (still) does it better.
'Were we even at the same concert?" So goes the standard complaint critics hear from readers who had a completely different experience from what they read about in the newspaper. And the answer is, often, we weren't.