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Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth

Dimensions: L: 13cm x W: 2.3cm x H: 19.6cm

Product Code: 9780143109976

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The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now more than ever Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. 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 mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence. Using 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 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." *This book may have remainder mark*

Book Title Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth
ISBN 9780143109976
By Author(s) A.O. Scott
Publisher Penguin Books
Pages 304
Format Paperback
Dimensions 13cm x 2.3cm x 19.6cm
Notes The book images and summary displayed may be of a different edition or binding of the same title.

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