Als’s writing enacts the rawness of Goldin’s aesthetic. You can tell he identifies with it. I do, too. “Dark Rooms” is a superb piece of criticism. I enjoyed it immensely.
Postscript: While I’m on the subject of New Yorker photography writing, I want to pay tribute to Vince Aletti, whose illuminating capsule reviews of photography exhibitions are among my favorite “Goings On About Town” features.