I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV RevolutionFrom The New Yorker S 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 Prize Winning 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 Slayer A Show That Was So Much Than It Appeared While 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 About Our Culture Than Just What S 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 Than A Collection Of Essays With 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 Varied Idea Of Artistic Ambition One That Acknowledges Many Types Of Beauty And Complexity, And That Opens To Varied Voices It S A Book That Celebrates Television As Television, Even As Each Year Warps The Definition Of Just What That Might Mean.

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
  • Emily Nussbaum
  • 04 July 2018
  • 9780525508960

10 thoughts on “I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

  1. Perry says:

    The Tao of TellyWhat a collection of perfection in perceptive criticism and thought from the incredible Emily Nussbaum, culture critic for The New Yorker In it, she considers the high evolution of television in the past 20 years its influence on culture the revolutions of its ascendancy from simply entertainment into, at times, transcendent original art in which we can simultaneously find ourselves in its truths and lose ourselves She also offers a few portraits of the artists innovators, such as Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy Worth the price of the book is her recent splendid New Yorker essay on whether the bad acts and malevolence of movers and shakers, like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey, et al., does or should affect our enjoyment of their works in television and cinema Rarely maybe one other time have I gotten to the end of a book much less a book of commentary in essays and seriously consider immediately re reading to relish again in at least half of the pieces.An Absolutely Edifying Book

  2. Glen says:

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.Back in college, I took a class on popular culture It was pretty interesting We read a lot of stuff about television For some reason, I remember an article written about the show, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd It was written, I think before 1990 I remember thinking it was an awful lot of effort for a show that most people didn t watch.Here we are in 2019 I open this book, and the whole thing is written almost exactly like that long ago article Shows how little things have really changed in TV There s a lot written about Sopranos and Sex in the City, and Norman Lear is lionized It s like reading 1980 s analysis of newer programming Odd, perhaps entertaining, but not especially enlightening.

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  4. Andrew Barnes says:

    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 I 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.

  5. Trevor Groce says:

    Emily Nussbaum is the reason I flip to the back when I get my hands on The New Yorker Each page offers insight and honest appraisals of many of the most important shows over the past two decades Her love for television imbues every review with a sense of affection, even for the shows deemed a disappointment Reading these reviews in proximity, along with some extended profiles and essays, reveals the depth of her genius and brings the reader up to speed on several aspects of the twists, turns, and great leaps forward that have brought us to the fascinating television landscapes of today Viewers left feeling empty after GOT ends will likely find a new fount of enthusiasm here, and expert tips for what show to go back and see with newly enlightened eyes Highly recommended to even casual fans.

  6. Tess says:

    I LIKE TO WATCH, Emily Nussbaum s collection of essays on television, is a revelation I worked through the book much faster than anticipated I thought I would go to each essay individually, and would take my time, but her amazing writing, insights, and interesting stories about some of my favorite television shows made the book a page turner for me Each essay is about a certain television show, yes, but it usually delves into so much politics, relationships, how we consume culture, and so much Her critiques are both rich and nuanced, and she makes the best argument for television as art The collection is also extremely timely However, I think it will also endure and find myself wanting to get the hard cover copy of the book to have forever something I rarely think to do with NetGalley books Five stars for sure.

  7. Sonya says:

    Even if you ve already read Nussbaum s New Yorker columns faithfully, the new essay, Confessions of a Human Shield, is worth the price of the book In it, Nussbaum examines her own journey from liking and defending the work of difficult men to understanding how they fit into our current cultural morass Particularly blistering is her discussion of the fate of Louis CK It s an essay of and for our time.

  8. Liz says:

    Via my book blog at follow Emily Nussbaum s column in The New Yorker and her Twitter feed The Twitter feed gives me AHA moments in her short bursts of comments on television programs that are hot in today s market The longer New Yorker pieces are much informative and give me things to chew over at a slower pace.EN s new book is a collection of published essays with two new ones and a great introduction to her genre of writing I love that after Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nussbaum moves to The Sopranos, one of my favorite TV programs of all time I never tire of hearing about David Chase, the show s creator He comes from a part of New Jersey I am familiar with, and a time I remember well.Taking The Soprano viewpoint of television changing in the early 2000s, we move on to Sex and The City, The Wire, and then all that has come since that time I am not fond of sit coms, but I love the drama part of TV and still watch Law and Order SVU and a few others I must say that Netflix and Hulu are giving network television a good run for viewership, and I would extend that to app s where I can view international television programs They are interesting even though the narrative arc often follows the original NYPD Blue I like procedural cop shows in any language I appreciate Nussbaum s take on the predatory men who have become famous and are now slowly or very quickly losing their audiences, their companies, as in Weinstein s case, and making room for a healthier work environment for women.Emily Nussbaum is my TV guru, and I love this book If you watch any television at all, you will enjoy her thoughtful commentary.Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for the ARC of this book June 25.

  9. Johannes says:

    Up until I read I Like to Watch, my favorite book on contemporary TV was Brett Martin s Difficult Men, a study on the TV revolution that happened in roughly the first decade of the 2000s Sopranos through Breaking Bad Emily Nussbaum s new collection is an excellent continuation, and at times correction, to the history of modern American television.Nussbaum is an observant critic who s a lot of fun to spend time with She can bring the snark when necessary, but one of the things I appreciate about her is her ability to pick at something without tearing down Even when she s criticizing shows that I really enjoyed, I can t help but admit that she makes very good points.While all essays on specific shows and profiles of showrunners were quite good, my favorite installments were her big picture takes, specifically her introduction to the book and her self questioning essay on how to watch TV and film post MeToo I Like to Watch is a great read that will make you sound smarter the next time you re watching TV with a friend Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for the ARC.

  10. Haley Hope Gillilan says:

    Emily is an OG TV critic I loved reading all her essays all in one place, even if I hadn t seen the show before TV criticism is a pretty unique craft, and so I love seeing one of the best being able to create something like this It ll definitely serve as a cultural artifact, because in some of these Emily grapples with TV shows in real time, and others as they ve aged in unexpected ways Hopefully this is not the last of her essay anthologies

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