If we define literary criticism as any discussion of literature or its role, then LDS General Authorities have frequently been literary critics, from the beginning of Mormon publishing. Yesterday I came across the following description from Orson F. Whitney, buried, of all places, in his pamphlet/short book, The strength of the “Mormon” position.
Last Sunday I attended a fireside by well-known LDS artist James Christensen, which included a lot of slides of his artwork, and a lot of stories about his career. I found two stories he told particularly interesting.
One of the stories showed a lot about the biases of LDS Church members regarding art. The other made me wonder what other kinds of artists — authors, musicians, etc. — do to “doodle” and when they do it.