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While there was no formal criticism, there has been the appearance of adverse comment in some quarters.
The remaining chapters continue to draw upon Doyle's extensive knowledge of Gaines's cosmos and focus sharply on close readings of individual novels and short-story collections, grounded in the belief that "no critic of Gaines can avoid formal criticism and still be true to his work.
This footnote could scarcely be more revealing of the intellectual solipsism at the heart of Booth's non-interactive formal criticism.
Michael Fried, "Modernist Painting and Formal Criticism," The American Scholar 33 no.
Even though the panel did not fine Ms Ojjeh, or recommend financial advisers not to deal with her -a practice known as coldshouldering in financial circles -it is still very rare for the regulators to issue formal criticisms of shareholders.

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