A.O. Scott ☆ 7 ree downloadE outline of the shadow being castEither way AO Scott makes clear the inherent value of criticism in his new book Better Living Through Criticism How to Think About Art Pleasure Beauty and TRUTH SCOTT LONGTIME FILM CRITIC FOR Scott longtime Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous film criticor New York Times offers up his thoughts about the nature and necessity of criticism and the vital role it plays in shaping the cultural landscapeIt should
noted that the inspiration this book seems to have been a brief Twitter beef with actor Samuel L Jackson who didn t care Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, for Scott s reception of The Avengers and implied that the critic should perhaps seek out a new line of workIn many ways Better Living Through Criticism comes off as a defense of the job While Scott himself is a professional critic a gig that is gradually being supplanted by the ever growing hive mind of the Internet the book is about AO Scott s ideas yes but it is also a celebration of all manner of criticism Scott isn t necessarily aan of the blogosphere or online aggregation but he also recognizes that the art of critical writing must evolve to better it the online age in which we liveAs you might expect there are than a ew highbrow references peppering the proceedings Immanuel Kant Rainer Maria Rilke and Susan Sontag A Colton Target feature prominently but Scott doesn t restrict himself to elitist expression he gives a lot of love to movies like Howard Hawks s screwball masterpiece Bringing Up Baby and Pixar s delightful Ratatouille He s someone who sees value in work up and down the creative cultural spectrum Through it all his constant touchstone is the partnership he perceives between artist and criticA noteworthy device that Scott uses throughout is a sort of imaginary dialogue with himself Four times he interrupts the proceedings with a uestion and answer session in which he is both interviewer and interviewee continuing the almost tradition of the self interview Scott cites David Foster Wallace s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men as his inspiration but it vibes oldashioned like the one man As that gained prominence in the 50s and 60s Its presence is a touch baffling but it does help introduce of Scott s own identity into the proceedings something that is somewhat lacking in the rest of the bookScott s many ideas about the value of criticism basically boil down to the notion that it is a key component to the creative process Generally art is intended to evoke some sort of reaction Love Isnt Enough from an audience criticism serves as an official take if you will uantifying the impact made by an artistic workIt warrants mentioning that Scott s choices regarding depth of exploration varyrom concept to concept sometimes he spends time with an idea than might seem necessary while other times he skims the surface of a thought that could have merited a layered take However even the lightest touch offers a truthful and measured perspectiveThere s something wonderfully meta about reviewing a book about the value of reviewing Better Living Through Criticism offers some broad and engaging insights into the art and craft of creative commentary However you might view the merits of criticism there s no denying that this book is engaging well wrought and thought provoking Really a 25 A survey of the philosophy of criticism But I was left cold deciphering what he thinks about his profession Criticism is thinking Criticism is art Is it Yes No So many So abstract is art Is it Yes No So many So abstract be Prodigal Prince Charming fair I don t mind abstraction but Ielt the argument ironically enough was weak Hedge duck etc. Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones the power of Marina Abramovich and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' Drawing on the long tradition of criticism Task Force Bride from Aristotle to Susan Sontag Scott shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath ofresh air that allows true creativity to thrive The time or 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. ,Be Noted That The Inspiration
I am predisposed to like any book that references Teju Cole s Open City Philip Larkin All About Eve and the snark vs smarm debate with intelligence and insight but the delight of this book is that Scott takes both his voice and argument to places that I didn t expect Eve AO Scott is kind of a big deal He s a ilm critic Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, for the New York Times and has been at it long enough to be a recognizable name in the business And so I assumed something along the lines of Stephen King s On Writing a practical guide of sortsramed by personal anecdotes and a lifetime of experience Instead it eels like a Philosophy of Criticism 101 class Freed rom the shackles of having to review Tyler Perry s latest or yet another Jurassic movie he throws on the smoking jacket and settles in to mine the likes of Rilke Shaw Kant Sontag and Baudelaire to ask the uestion is criticism necessary And the answer Mistress for this and almost every other uestion posed in the book is yes and no It s not lookingor answers but instead content to excavate past philosophies And here it veers back and Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) forthrom being incredibly smart and erudite to sounding like the worst dinner guest imaginable rambling in self important obliviousness I m no philosophy buff so it was exciting to listen to Scott drop some knowledge pulled A Ranchers Redemption from history s great thinkers and consider the philosophy of art and criticism He s my kind of wordy and it s just approachable enough that I couldollow along but tends to overstay its welcome If nothing else I suppose he did just manage to write a mandatory textbook or the Film Studies Class he currently teaches This book of philosophical essays by New York Times movie critic AO Scott was hugely disappointing and not even worth a ull write up at my main arts center s blog For while I m a big A Mother in the Making fan of Scott s insightful essaysor the newspaper and was hoping that in this book he was going to go into detail about how he goes about the b Reading Better Living Through Criticism gave me exactly the same cramped and unpleasant Her Kind Of Cowboy feeling that I gotrom reading Richard Dawkins s The God Delusion I wanted serious inuiry and instead His Pregnant Christmas Princess felt pummeled and bullied into a corner by poorly argued dogmaAt times Scott begins his argument about the uses of criticism with aalse axiomatic principle usually a belief that I don t ascribe to but that Scott says I do everyone knows that critics are Through the Language Glass failed artists and let me tell you why you re wrong to think so And sometimes he does the opposite taking his own beliefs as universally accepted because he thinks they re true and not even bothering to tell me why I should also believe the same way So I as a reader end upeeling pushed around not convinced I also resented the olksyapologetic tone Scott adopts As I read I kept thinking if you want me to think about your ideas seriously then you need to take your ideas seriously yourself A critic who tries to sound dumb and average not only demeans himself but also demeans me as a reader The decision to write this book as a aux Socratic dialogue also Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, failedor me because the uestions asked in the dialogue are somewhat dopy and disingenuous They reminded me of the uestions you might ind in a marketing brochure that are there to lead customers to buy product and reject competing products Hence the dreaded 2 star Review From Me Stars from 2 stars my least read there is not enough meaty argument here even to hate this book to a one star level there is just enough to bore and to. The New York Times ilm 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 act 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. .
Annoy Better Living Through Criticism and a Strawberry Enema NYTs AO Scott is the worst writer and most unbearable ilm 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 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 Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, find theinal word on any piece of human ingenuity or creativity is why Scott writes this book in the irst place criticism he argues is the second born twin in the irst place criticism he argues is the second born twin our inherent human condition entering the world mere minutes after the One Part Woman first born of the creative act It is both art and not art Critical analysis is asallible 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 Stranger 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 awayrom 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 bring to life Self Doubt And Uncertainty self doubt and uncertainty Scott claims plagues any good critic the Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis fact that a critic may have of a mind divided or mind complicated on a piece of art than we would suspectrom 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 or why we should embrace it in our own lives I read this or some hours until I toppled sideways slowly and crumpled to the The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, floor where theyound me still breathing but only just I write this To See Paris and Die from a private room tubes going into various parts They say I will make aull 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 Out of China for three weeks now she read the whole thing She hasn t said a word yet Heramily 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 Mary Tudor frustration His book asks a series of really great uestions How do we know som So much of this book has resonated with me of which I have highlighted so much This is one I want to purchase and ownor reference as I m sure I will return to it often nature of the critic is to unpack the underpinnings of artistic endeavor Love them or hate them critics perform a vital service in the creative continuum deconstructing moviesalbumsbooksplays down to their reuisite pieces and casting the bones in an effort to call As Aventuras de Hornblower (Saga Hornblower forth larger cultural themes and ideasSome choose to do this by way of unrelenting pessimismocusing on the negative aspects of a piece of work in order to exert a kind of creative enforcement Others choose to shine a light on the positive juxtaposing the good against th. Mistakes and The Accidental Tourist findlaws where they shouldn't criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest most creative and urgent activities of modern existenceUsing his own Barcelona film criticism as a starting point everythingrom his infamous dismissal of the international blockbuster The Avengers to his intense affection or Pixar's animated Ratatouille Scott expands outward easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley the origins of. .