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eBook ↠ ePub Better Living Through Criticism ç 9781594204838 ´ A.O. Scott ´ ❮Reading❯ ➿ Better Living Through Criticism Author A.O. Scott – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now than everFew could explain leCluded can make 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 orig 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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Ins of Chuck 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 away Here I am writing a critical review about a book about criticism And someone could if so inclined and so bored write a critical review about my critical review about a book about criticism This Sisyphean effort to find the final word on any piece of human ingenuity or creativity is why Scott writes this book in the first place criticism he argues is the second born twin of our inherent human condition entering the world mere minutes after the first born of the creative act It is both art and not art Critical analysis is as fallible as any other human endeavor of course but it provides a deeper look into and understanding of not only art but the uality of our lives as well Good criticism is even important in the information age as a helpmate in parsing of the wheat from the glut of informational or artistically produced chaff I enjoyed this book and the celebration of the act of criticism even if it didn't contain anything particularly enlightening The title promises a bit than Scott delivers Happily Scott doesn't shy away from admitting paradoxes nor does he try to manufacture solutions to ultimately unanswerable uestions He emphasizes and even celebrates the dichotomy between a critic's entrenchment in the subjectivity of artistic enjoyment passions and the objectivity of analysis reason as well as the critic's delicate balancing act of individual and universal values The Socratic somewhat schizophrenic passages bring to life the self doubt and uncertainty that Scott claims plagues any good critic the fact that a critic may have of a mind divided or mind complicated on a piece of art than we would suspect from their writings Writing good criticism is one of the most basic and yet difficult intellectual activities we can engage in and Scott provides a nice case for why we should embrace it in our own lives

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Better Living Through CriticismThe New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now than everFew could explain let alone seek out a career in criticism Yet Better Living ePUB #9734 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 in 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