Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

on writing about stuff you don't enjoy at all

Other critics, much smarter than me, write about these films with the kind of unfettered enthusiasm that I feel when writing about directors like Alfonso Cuarón or Lisa Cholodenko or Steven Soderbergh (except for his “Solaris” remake, obviously). They love the experience of watching movies that I find myself simply enduring in order to get to the good part — i.e., not the part where you’re watching the real-time birth of a Kazakh lamb, but the rest of your life, when you have watched it and you get to talk about it and write about it and remember it.

Dan Kois at NYT Mag on the difficult process of engaging with & writing about those cultural artifacts that "cultured" people get while you may not.