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The meta-critique of incoming New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman continues apace, with an Observer editorial asking critics to make him really, really nervous about the new post. The Awl also latched on to our favorite words-o'-wisdom (couched as a senior hazing a freshman) from Julie Iovine: "An effective architecture critic is not a messenger from the occult, sometimes cultish, world of parametric modeling, interstitial planning, void filling, and impenetrable whatevers. But the critic does need to understand that stuff in order to better explain how architecture not only shapes the city but manifests our values, identity and legacy as a culture.” The real question remains: will he Tweet? [New York Observer]