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Better Living Through Criticism


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The New York Times chief film critic shows why we need criticism now more than ever

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A. O. Scott has been a film critic at the New York Times since 2000. His writing has appeared in many other publications, including the New York Review of Books, Slate, the New Yorker and the Nation. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2010, Scott is currently Distinguished Professor of Film Criticism at Wesleyan University. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.



"He wears his considerable learning lightly - although not apologetically: Scott knows that the arguments he is exploring have a long pedigree." -- Jonathan Derbyshire * Financial Times *
"It's a serious tome that raises criticism to the level of art." -- Jonathan Dean * Sunday Times *
"That he succeeds in speaking to us all...while at the same time delineating his own specific role in culture, is only one of the many pleasures to be found in this erudite work." -- Lesley Mcdowell * Independent on Sunday *
"Jam-packed treasure trove... The result is often deeply rewarding." -- Andrew Barrow * Spectator *
"Fluent, learned volume... Conscious of the irony that a culture in which everyone passionately wants their opinions heard is systematically devaluing critical thinking and analysis... Reflects the age-old critic's dilemma of how subjective to be - one of many fascinating quandaries that are put through the intellectual wringer here by a calm and clever champion of an unfashionable art." -- Hannah McGill * Independent *

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