Are Stories, Reviews, and Criticism Sound and Fury?

Briefly, if there were no rules whatsoever, there would be no such thing as criticism. Cheney's blog or reviews would be entirely irrelevant, for he would have no basis upon which to make his judgements.

This might suit some writers very well until they realized it would also be impossible to describe or explain or justify what they did. Sooner or later, art will have to justify itself lest it become increasingly irrelevant.