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Author: Emily Nussbaum
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Nussbaum, Emily, 1966-
I like to watch.
New York : Random House, [2019]
(DLC) 2018055067
(OCoLC)1082291720
Named Person: Emily Nussbaum
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Nussbaum
ISBN: 9780525508977 052550897X
OCLC Number: 1105926193
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 366 pages)
Contents: 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 ("Sex and the city") --
Cool story, bro ("True detective," "Top of the lake" and "The fall") --
Last girl in Larchmont : the legacy of Joan Rivers --
Girls girls girls : "Girls," "Vanderpump rules," "House of cards and Scandal," "The Amy Schumer show," "Transparent" --
Confessions of the human shield --
How jokes won the election --
In praise of sex and violence : "Hannibal," "Law & order : SVU," "Jessica Jones," --
"The jinx," "The Americans" --
The price is right : what advertising does to TV --
In living color : Kenya Barris' --
Breaking the box : "Jane the virgin," "The comeback," "The good wife," "The newsroom," "Adventure time," "The leftovers," "High maintenance." --
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 in television.
Responsibility: Emily Nussbaum.

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"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"--

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