Better Living Through Criticism
A.O. Scott is a long-time film critic for the New York Times, so it may seem strange that he’s now questioning the value of his work ... what the point of criticism actually is. Scott has written a book arguing that critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, and of our interactions with each other. In that way, he says, we’re all critics. Scott joins us for a discussion about art, pleasure, beauty, truth, and of course criticism. (Rebroadcast)
A.O. Scott is a chief film critic for the New York Times. He also writes often for the Times Magazine and the newspaper’s book review. He has contributed works of critical journalism for Newsday, Slate, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications. His new book is called Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth [Amazon|Indiebound].