Here’s a sobering article from the Columbia Journalism Review on the plight of arts critics around the country.

Newspapers used to serve an important function in our nation’s cultural life, not so much any more. American newspapers are becoming, to use H.L. Mencken’s phrase, a Sahara of the Bozart. The thing is, nothing is replacing them in terms of regular, comprehensive coverage of the arts.

There are fewer than 10 full-time classical music critics working at newspapers in the U.S. these days (just two in all of California). There is only one magazine, The New Yorker, with a classical music critic on staff.