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I Like to Watch From 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 watchEmily Nussbaum is the perfect critic smart, engaging, funny, generous, and insightful David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon From her creation of the Approval Matrix in New York magazine into her Pulitzer Prize winning columns for The New Yorker,Emily Nussbaum has argued for a new way of looking at TV In this collection, including two never before published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer,the show that set her on a fresh intellectual path She explores the rise of the female screw up, how fans warp the shows they love, the messy power of sexual violence on TV, and the year that jokes helped elect a reality television president There are three big profiles of television showrunners Kenya Barris, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy as well as examinations of the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers The book also includes a major new essay written during the year of MeToo, wrestling with the question of what to do when the artist you love is a monster More than a collection of reviews, the book makes a case for toppling the status anxiety that has long haunted the idiot box, even as it transformed Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism, one that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one kind of culture violent, dramatic, gritty over another joyful, funny, stylized I Like to Watch traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of prestige television, searching for aexpansive,embracing vision of artistic ambition one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and opens tovaried voices It s a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean Advance praise for I Like to Watch This collection, including some powerful new work, proves once and for all that there s no better American critic of anything than Emily Nussbaum But I Like to Watch turns out to be even greater than the sum of its brilliant parts it s the most incisive, intimate, entertaining, authoritative guide to the shows of this golden television age Kurt Andersen, author of Fantasyland Reading Emily Nussbaum makes us smarter not just about what we watch, but about how we live, what we love, and who we are I Like to Watch is a joy Rebecca Traister

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