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NYT film critic AO Scott on life, art, and the art of criticism

"Better Living Through Criticism" by A.O. Scott
Penguin Random House

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Opinions are a dime a dozen, and social media has turned everyone into amateur critics.

In his new book, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott says that that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Criticism, he says, makes us think deeper and more thoroughly about a given subject. It makes us smarter, and at its best, it’s the engine that drives creativity.

In “Better Living Through Criticism,” Scott revisits some of the films he had liked and disliked, but also casts his discerning eye on other artistic disciplines, including high art, rock music, and literature.

A.O. Scott will be talking about his new book with his counterpart at the New York Times, film critic Manohla Dargis, at a Writers Bloc event on Monday, Feb 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the New Roads School in Santa Monica. Click here for more information.


A.O. Scott, film critic at the New York Times and author of the new book, “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth” (Penguin, 2016); he tweets from @aoscott