I like to watch : arguing my way through the TV revolution / Emily Nussbaum
Book | Random House | 2019 | First edition.
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First edition.
ix, 366 pages ; 25 cm
"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 several substantive, never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television beginning with Buffy--as she writes, a show that was so much more than its critical assessment--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 also explores the links between the television antihero and the rise of Trump. The book is an argument, not a collection of reviews. Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism that resists the false hierarchy that places one kind of culture over another. It traces her own development as she has struggled to punch through stifling notions of 'prestige television,' searching for a wilder and freer and more varied idea of artistic ambition--one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity, and that opens to more varied voices. It's a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean"-- Provided by publisher.
The big picture : how Buffy the vampire slayer turned me into a TV critic -- The long con : "The Sopranos" -- The great divide : Norman Lear, Archie Bunker, and the rise of the bad fan -- Difficult women : How "Sex and the city" lost its good name -- Cool story, bro : The shallow deep talk of "True detective" -- Last girl in Larchmont : the legacy of Joan Rivers -- Girls girls girls : Hannah Barbaric: "Girls" and "Enlightened"; Big gulp: "Vanderpump rules"; Shark week: "House of cards" and "Scandal"; The little tramp: "Inside Amy Schumer"; Hello, gorgeous: "The marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; Candy girl: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" -- Confessions of the human shield -- How jokes won the election : how do you fight an enemy who's just kidding? -- Breaking the box : "Jane the virgin," "The comeback," "The good wife," "Adventure time," "The leftovers," "The middle," "High maintenance." -- What Tina Fey wuold do for a soyjoy : the trouble with product integration -- In living color : with Black-ish, Kenya Barris rethinks the family sitcom -- In praise of sex and violence : "Hannibal," "Law & order : SVU," "Jessica Jones," "Behind the candelabra," "The jinx," "The Americans" -- Riot girl : Jenji Kohan's hot provocations -- A disappointed fan is still a fan ("Lost") -- Mr. big : how Ryan Murphy became the most powerful man on TV.
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