"Former food critic now dependent on food stamps"
Am I the only one to find much humor in that? I find it hilarious not so much about the irony, but that there is such a job as food critic....or critic of anything for that matter. Good, I'm glad he failed at his "career" of criticizing others' means of making a living. Why do we need other people telling us what movies to watch, what restaurants to dine at, what music and books to enjoy, etc.?
"But Ed", you whine, "you mercilessly and without reservation, criticize people every day right here on TRR. How are you any different?"
Well, dear reader who is less bright than a small appliance bulb, I criticize people for their questionable behavior, never for having a job, or for how well or poorly I think they do that job. Government officials are different because they pay themselves by taking money from us and they exert control over our lives in various ways. Self-appointed, high-brow critics try to replace the function of the free market place by setting themselves up as experts to whom the common people should defer. The whole idea of being a critic reeks of false superiority and pompousness and that a restaurant critic fails at his job and ends up on food stamps gives me more pleasure than you can imagine.