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About the Author: A.O. Scott

A. O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000. Previously, Mr. Scott was a Sunday book reviewer for Newsday and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications. He has served on the editorial staffs of Lingua Franca and The New York Review of Books. In addition to his film-reviewing duties, Mr. Scott often writes for the Times Magazine and the Book Review. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, N.Y.


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Paperback, Published in Mar 2016 by Jonathan Cape

ISBN10: 1910702552 | ISBN13: 9781910702550

Page count: 288

In this, his first book, celebrated New York Times critic A.O. Scott shows that we are, in fact, all critics. Indeed, that critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action and interpersonal life.

Using his own film criticism as a starting point – everything from an infamous dismissal of the international blockbuster The Avengers to his intense affection for Pixar’s animated Ratatouille – Scott expands outwards, easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley, the origins of Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones, the power of Marina Abramovic and ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’. Drawing on the full tradition of criticism, from Aristotle to Susan Sontag, he 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 in a modern world where algorithms threaten to supplant judgement.

With piercing intelligence, wit and warmth, Better Living Through Criticism shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive. As Scott puts it, ‘The time for criticism is always now, because the imperative to think clearly, never goes away.’

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