I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

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 watch. 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 t From The New Yorker?s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize?winning culture critic, a provocati...

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Title:I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
Author:Emily Nussbaum
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution Reviews

  • Denise Cormaney
    Oct 22, 2019
    First, let me just say that Emily Nussbaum is a genius. Not just because she's a brilliant and insightful writer (she is) but because she managed to make watching TV her job, and she was so good at it, she won a Pulitzer. Talk about #goals. I like to read. I like to watch TV. I like...
  • Michael
    Aug 28, 2019
    This collection of TV criticism from Pulitzer-winner Emily Nussbaum includes two brand new essays. In one, she wrestles with the art of bad men in the wake of #metoo; the other serves as an introduction, specifically how BUFFY inspired her to become a critic of television. This opening...
  • Alexis
    Oct 01, 2019
    Emily Nussbaum is an excellent critic. She's well-read, well-versed and has consumed many tv and movies. I like her tv criticism, even though I haven't watched the majority of things that she writes about here. She's unapologetically feminist, funny and pointed. I like her style of wri...
  • Hannah Garden
    Jul 30, 2019
    I think Emily Nussbaum is one of the sharpest, most illuminating thinkers I?ve ever read. There?s something so calm and level and yet deeply felt about her critiques, I find myself nodding along and yelling, ?Yes!? as she makes cogent, generous, precise point after point, like ...
  • Mehrsa
    Aug 19, 2019
    Honestly, I don't even watch TV. But these essays are so freaking good. They are about culture and feminism and art and me too. I didn't want to watch the shows necessarily, but I did want to hear Nussbaum watch them and tell me what to think about what these shows are trying and succe...
  • Sonya
    Jul 03, 2019
    Even if you've already read Nussbaum's New Yorker columns faithfully, the new essay, Confessions of a Human Shield, is worth the price of the book. In it, Nussbaum examines her own journey from liking and defending the work of difficult men to understanding how they fit into our curren...
  • Avolyn Fisher
    Oct 12, 2019
    If I had to sum up this book in one sentence it would be, "you just had to've been there." Which is how I felt the entire way through this book. The first couple of chapters started out alright discussing shows from the 90s, reflective and thought provoking, especially for a 90s child ...
  • Tess
    Jun 23, 2019
    I LIKE TO WATCH, Emily Nussbaum's collection of essays on television, is a revelation. I worked through the book much faster than anticipated. I thought I would go to each essay individually, and would take my time, but her amazing writing, insights, and interesting stories about some ...
  • Julia
    Aug 08, 2019
    3.5 stars. I think the strength of this book are the shorter critiques of specific shows- there were several that made me consider shows differently when shown in the context of what tv came before and after it. The longer profiles of creators and the essay in the middle about separati...
  • Vicky Griffith
    Aug 31, 2019
    God, was this a great book. I didn?t realize how hungry I was to hear modern television discussed as the art form it really is. #25wordbookreviews ...
  • Johannes
    May 30, 2019
    Up until I read I Like to Watch, my favorite book on contemporary TV was Brett Martin?s Difficult Men, a study on the TV revolution that happened in roughly the first decade of the 2000s (Sopranos through Breaking Bad). Emily Nussbaum?s new collection is an excellent continuation, ...
  • Perry
    Jul 11, 2019
    The Tao of Telly What a collection of perfection in perceptive criticism and thought from the incredible Emily Nussbaum, culture critic for The New Yorker. In it, she considers the high evolution of television in the past 20 years; its influence on culture; the revolutions of its as...
  • Lee
    Aug 07, 2019
    So good I almost wanted to go back and watch Sex and the City how Emily Nussbaum did. ...
  • Neville Longbottom
    Jul 05, 2019
    I Like to Watch is an interesting take on a book about television criticism. Emily Nussbaum wrote that she didn?t set out to create a book about her favorite shows or what she thinks are the most ?important,? but rather to have a collection of articles and essays that support her...
  • Beck
    Mar 16, 2019
    "I Like to Watch" is a collection of lyrical, well argued essays written by The New Yorker? s TV critic (and, as the cover notes, Pulitzer Prize winner), Emily Nussbaum. Like Nussbaum, I prefer TV to movies. i like how a story - and characters - can develop over multiple seasons, can...
  • Andrew Barnes
    Mar 22, 2019
    I Like to Watch is a culmination of 20+ years of revelatory television writing from Emily Nussbaum. The essays elevate the shows I?ve watched and love to greater heights. It makes me feel like an idiot for having missed others. Even when panning shows I love, I came away with a riche...
  • Deandra
    Aug 27, 2019
    This is one of those books I was eagerly awaiting the pub date for all year and it did not disappoint. It is truly a book that felt specifically written for me. It helps that Nussbaum and I seem to have the same opinions (good and bad) on most of the shows she talks about in this book....
  • Jennie
    Sep 02, 2019
    This was great! I've never read a collection of criticism before and while I know of Emily Nussbaum (just by being a person on the internet and also having read her excellent piece on Sex & the City), I haven't followed her work. I may have to start following after this. Nussbaum's...
  • Glen
    Apr 15, 2019
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. Back in college, I took a class on popular culture. It was pretty interesting. We read a lot of stuff about television. For some reason, I remember an article written about the show, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. It was written, I think b...
  • Ayuko
    Aug 09, 2019
    It's hard to critique the critique but I have been one of those people who considered TV as the lower media to films, but I think it was since I started reading her critiques on the New Yorker I started to spend more time streaming. The only show I had ever watched among the shows writ...
  • Tyler Obenauf
    Sep 23, 2019
    As a person who loves television, I thought this would be an easy choice for me. I struggled with thoroughly connecting with the book. I am a big fan of the essays serving as different chapters to the book. I think, overall, some of the essays lacked connection with me since I had ...
  • Michael
    Jul 03, 2019
    Witty and conversational, I Like to Watch charts American television?s rise to cultural prestige and power over the past three decades. Exploring the intersection of the medium and race, class, and gender, Nussbaum touches upon everything from the aesthetics of feminist television sh...
  • Prince William Public Library System
    Aug 02, 2019
    Emily Nussbaum likes to watch TV, and she?s not apologetic about it either. In I Like to Watch, which collects new and previously published essays from New York magazine and the New Yorker, she raves about her favorite shows?Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, Scandal, Jane the...
  • Liz
    Jun 02, 2019
    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ I follow Emily Nussbaum's column in The New Yorker and her Twitter feed. The Twitter feed gives me AHA moments in her short bursts of comments on television programs that are hot in today's market. The longer New Yorker piece...
  • shelby
    Sep 07, 2019
    made it about halfway through this one. i enjoyed it at fist, specifically the first couple of essays. however, the 60-page-or-whatever diatribe in the middle of the book which neither condoned or condemned sexually abusive male artists and the me too movement was a huge turn off. ther...
  • Laura Noggle
    Oct 20, 2019
    Really enjoyed this Pulitzer Prize Winner, almost felt like a guilty pleasure. Favorite Line: ?a moral lasagna of questionable aesthetic choices? I?ve seen most of the shows covered, and those I haven?t seen (The Sopranos & Lost among others) were covered enough in ...
  • Marilena Rizou
    Jul 03, 2019
    Very interesting analysis of many shows and themes. I even liked the part about the shows I haven't watched (most of them). It made me wanting to watch a few of them. It's deep, philosophically and factually. I think the book could be followed by one exploring an even greater variety ...
  • Trevor Groce
    May 15, 2019
    Emily Nussbaum is the reason I flip to the back when I get my hands on The New Yorker. Each page offers insight and honest appraisals of many of the most important shows over the past two decades. Her love for television imbues every review with a sense of affection, even for the shows...
  • Steve Sanders
    Jul 11, 2019
    Maybe the most important work of pop-cultural criticism since Pauline Kael?s 5001 Nights At the Movies. With wit and precision, Nussbaum chronicles television?s evolution into the defining art form of the 21st century. ...
  • Haley Hope Gillilan
    Jun 01, 2019
    Emily is an OG TV critic. I loved reading all her essays all in one place, even if I hadn?t seen the show before. TV criticism is a pretty unique craft, and so I love seeing one of the best being able to create something like this. It?ll definitely serve as a cultural artifact, bec...