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Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook å A.O. Scott The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now than everFew could explain let alone seek out a career in criticism Yet what AO Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are in fact all critics because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation of civil action of interpersonal life With penetrating insight and warm humor Scott shows that while individual critics himself included can make. I read this for some hours until I toppled sideways slowly and crumpled to the floor where they found me still breathing but only just I write this from a private room tubes going into various parts They say I will make a full recovery They say it was a good thing I didn’t make it past page 215 There’s a woman in the next room been there for three weeks now she read the whole thing She hasn't said a word yet Her family say they will be consulting their lawyers But I don’t think A O Scott can be prosecuted He meant well And what would the charge be For me it would be severe frustration His book asks a series of really great uestions How do we know something is goodWhat’s the best way to be wrongWho needs critics nowadays anyhow Hasn’t the Tomatometer taken overIs art drowning in itselfAnd others too He then smothers and crushes the life out of these interesting things by sucking all the oxygen from every dry paragraph Here is an example But even as we drift into a state of antiscientific mock scepticism we also worship idols of vulgar pseudoscientific empiricism The opiate of the half enlightened masses in the digital era is information data “the math” – impersonal unarguable but nonetheless mysterious numbers that promise to turn our messiest and most intractable problems into sudoku puzzles The burgeoning industries of TED talk idea flogging pop science publishing and slick “explanatory” journalism offers the steady seduction of cool counterintuitive insights and frictionless solutions And blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahThere was a moment when this brainy white noise suddenly focussed and sharpened and the book came alive this was when he started discussing the specific examples of the movies Bringing Up Baby and The Searchers and how critics had dissed them to begin with and how their reps had risen – I was interested in that – but it didn’t last long and the generalities the high minded abstractions the yellow clouds of poison gas cultural rambling and fumbling and concaternating blathered me into my life threatening coma I may join in a class action suit with the woman in the next room We won’t be the only victimsThis guy got to page 109

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Summary Better Living Through Criticism 100 ´ The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now than everFew could explain let alone seek out a career in criticism Yet what AO Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are in fact all critics because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation of Mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest most creative and urgent activities of modern existenceUsing his own film criticism as a starting point everything from his infamous dismissal of the international blockbuster The Avengers to his intense affection for Pixar's animated Ratatouille Scott expands outward easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley the origins of. Better Living Through Criticism and a Strawberry Enema NYTs AO Scott is the worst writer and most unbearable film critic suirting his juvenile thoughts on the market today The ultimate in bs and boring pretention Sniff his title Why not Better Homes Gardens In sum he is unreadable

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Better Living Through CriticismChuck Berry and the Rolling Stones the power of Marina Abramovich and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Susan Sontag Scott shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive The time for criticism is always now Scott explains because the imperative to think clearly to insist on the necessary balance of reason and passion never goes aw. This book of philosophical essays by New York Times movie critic AO Scott was hugely disappointing and not even worth a full write up at my main arts center's blog For while I'm a big fan of Scott's insightful essays for the newspaper and was hoping that in this book he was going to go into detail about how he goes about the business of actually writing them it's instead one of those books where he traipses across the entire human history of critical thought and then says Look at this famous project from the past Doesn't it ask some interesting uestions Now look at this famous project from the past Doesn't it ask some interesting uestions That's true they do indeed ask interesting uestions; but in the meanwhile Scott barely shares even one opinion of his own about the craft and art of being a good critic turning this into a survey about the history of people being critical and sort of proving that he has nothing of original interest to actually say about it Based on the book's title and Scott's populist history I thought this was going to be of a practical guide on how to be a better critic of the arts yourself but it's certainly not that so stay far away if you were expecting something similar yourself