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I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution | Emily Nussbaum
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From The New Yorkers fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch. From her creation of the first Approval Matrix in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prizewinning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has known all along that what we watch is who we are. In this collection, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television that began with stumbling upon Buffy the Vampire Slayera show that was so much more than it appearedwhile she was a graduate student studying Victorian literature. What followed was a love affair with television, an education, and a fierce debate about whose work gets to be called great that led Nussbaum to a trailblazing career as a critic whose reviews said so much more about our culture than just whats good on television. Through these pieces, she traces the evolution of female protagonists over the last decade, the complex role of sexual violence on TV, and what to do about art when the artist is revealed to be a monster. And, she explores the links between the television antihero and the rise of Donald Trump. The book is more than a collection of essayswith each piece, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one form of culture over another. It traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of prestige television, searching for a wilder and freer and more varied idea of artistic ambitionone that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity, and that opens to more varied voices. Its a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean.
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sophierayton
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Smart analysis of some of my favourite shows and some I am now going to check out.

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cariashley
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I always say I don‘t watch much TV, but am realizing that‘s not really true. I was surprised to find I‘d watched more than half of the shows Nussbaum writes about in this collection. I‘ve been following her on twitter for a while but somehow never read her articles and this was truly enjoyable listening - her critical writing is just so expansive and on point. It made me excited about all that‘s out there to watch.

mdemanatee I listened to this one and realized I still don‘t know a lot of popular shows but man do I love cultural criticism about pop culture 2w
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BibliovoreSarah
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Gotta love a book that starts out with a Buffy reference. Like the show, “I Like to Watch” by Emily Nussbaum is deeper than it first appears.

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SW-T
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Interesting enough, but while it was well done, I‘ll admit to a) not watching a lot of the shows she talks about, b) not caring about a lot of the shows she talked about, and c) not changing my mind about the shows or people she discusses after reading the book. That said, for people who are bigger tv fans than me, this would be a good pick. Thoughtful, passionate, and well written, it just wasn‘t for me.

IamIamIam Thank you so much for literally handing me a gift idea for my sister in law!!! 😁 4w
SW-T @IamIamIam Welcome 😂😂 4w
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kbuggle
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It‘s been a busy August and this is the first book I‘ve finished all month 😩
Thankfully, it was a good one!

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Mitch
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I love books - I grew up reading, always! Mr K grew up on TV and is equally passionate about it!

I‘m slowly finding more enjoyment on the small screen and look forward to ‘arguing‘ with Emily 🤣

#bookmail

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Christine
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I love TV, and because I like loving TV, I‘m sometimes tired of TV criticism. But I don‘t tire of Emily Nussbaum. I mostly know her from her smart and entertaining tweets, so these pieces were new to me, and I enjoyed every one. Her critiques are well-grounded in cultural context and never feel nitpicky. And her love of TV, and her firm belief that it should be respected as an artistic medium, always shine through.

cathipink I listened to her on Fresh Air and I'm intrigued. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 2mo
Christine @cathipink I enjoyed that Fresh Air interview, too! 2mo
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ontheBL
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I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum from is the best book I've read this summer. As the work-from-home, freelancer, hermit, stay-at-home dog mom, I mean, writer I am, I watch a lot more TV than I own up to. I have a lot of opinions, and I'm yet to find one of Nussbaum's I disagree with. Here's my review; you should read it, then read the book.

https://onthebl.org/2019/08/01/i-like-to-watch

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tholmz
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I really admire Emily Nussbaum and thought this was a great collection of her thoughts on specific television shows (some that I love, some I‘ll never watch, some I will start immediately) and the medium as a whole.

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bookandcat
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Emily Nussbaum's upcoming collected essays about tv shows are fascinating, smart, and entertaining. I've been binging The Sopranos again after reading her great commentary about the finale and show overall. She is the tv critic for the New Yorker so this book contains cultural criticism, profiles of tv makers, commentary and more. The book will be released in June!
4.5 🌟 from me.
#arc #netgalley #essays #nonfiction #television #tv #newyorker

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andytbarnes
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I Like to Watch is a culmination of 20+ years of revelatory television writing from Emily Nussbaum. The essays elevate the shows I‘ve watched and love to greater heights. It makes me feel like an idiot for having missed others. Even when panning shows a love, I came away with a richer view of the show. Beautiful ruminations on why we watch and why television is enriching art and not the brain draining waste some dullards try and make it out to be.