But what I really find interesting and valuable is this:
I’ll allow any kind of music I know how to criticize, and if I can’t criticize it, I’ll send them to someone else.
That strikes me as both artistically and educationally sound.
NOTE: I wish that this post had a included a page number from Silence. My memory is that the answer "To thicken the plot" is given to the question "Given that God is good, why did he put evil in the world?"