No, I never do a critique of anybody's work. I don't believe in critiques much. Even if I did, I don't think I'd critique young authors' work. If there were a young author I wanted to encourage, I might express enthusiasm and appreciation, I might buy her as many blank journals as she could fill, I might ferry her to the library, or give her a gift-certificate at a bookshop for her birthday--but I would not urge her to compare herself to published authors, or seek publication, or succumb to the commercially-oriented idea that you're only good if some office workers at a publishing house want to give you a contract for your work, and if they don't--you're not. Look what happened to that Harvard kid the other week.