So last fall was my last semester for my degree in writing at Buffalo State, and it was basically all English classes, don’t ask me why, and I learned a few things about literary criticism that I just don’t understand. First, some people within the literary criticism world believe that it doesn’t matter what the author says about their work. I find this completely ubsurd. I’m sorry, I didn’t make those curtains blue because I was sad. I also found just the thought of writers taking these classes was counterproductive. As a writer, I learned that it doesn’t matter what I think of my writing, they’ll just take it and twist whatever they think I was trying to say into my writing and then criticize because it wasn’t this way or that. I’m sorry, but if you want to actually know what the story was about, or why something is written a certain way. Ask. The. Author.