I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum

I Like to Watch

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 this collection, including two never-before-published ...

Details I Like to Watch

TitleI Like to Watch
Release DateJun 25th, 2019
PublisherRandom House
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Culture, Pop Culture, Media Tie In, Tv

Reviews I Like to Watch

  • Glen
    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 before 1990. I remember thinking it was an awful lot of effort for a show that most people didn't watch.Here we are in 2019. I open this book, and the whole thing is wri...
  • Andrew Barnes
    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 richer view of the show. Beautiful ruminations on why we watch and why television is enriching art and not the brain draining waste some dullards try and make it out to ...
  • Trevor Groce
    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 deemed a disappointment. Reading these reviews in proximity, along with some extended profiles and essays, reveals the depth of her genius and brings the reader up...
  • Tess
    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 of my favorite television shows made the book a page-turner for me. Each essay is about a certain television show, yes, but it usually delves into so much more - po...
  • Liz
    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 pieces are much more informative and give me things to chew over at a slower pace.EN's new book is a collection of published essays with two new ones and a great introductio...
  • Johannes
    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, and at times correction, to the history of modern American television.Nussbaum is an observant critic who’s a lot of fun to spend time with. She can bring the sna...
  • Beck
    "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 change and morph into something new. That being said, I’m not a super fan - I don’t watch a whole lot of it. That didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this book, th...
  • Haley Hope Gillilan
    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, because in some of these Emily grapples with TV shows in real time, and others as they’ve aged in unexpected ways. Hopefully this is not the last of her essay anthol...
  • Perry
    The Tao of TellyWhat 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 ascendancy from simply entertainment into, at times, transcendent original art in which we can simultaneously find ourselves in its truths and lose ourselves. She also of...
  • Erin
    Nussbaum's critiques are thoughtful, funny, and game-changing when it comes to understanding television as a medium: especially in the so-called "Golden Age." The new material she wrote specifically for this collection is magnificent, but revisiting essays I've already read and discovering other works of hers was also GREAT. I'm now a huge dorky fan of hers.
  • Jay Gabler
    A handy guide to the era of prestige TV, starting with The Sopranos. That was the show that prompted Nussbaum’s jump into TV criticism, albeit without her knowing that would develop into a full-fledged career. A through-line of I Like to Watch is the writer’s reckoning with the way that career has seen significant changes to some of the things she loved about television: its collaborative nature, its episodic structure, the way it unfolds ove...
  • Dan Gibson
    I didn’t realize this is largely an anthology of older work, but hey, it’s Emily Nussbaum on television. She makes you care about shows you didn’t think you might, has great insight on shows you already love and has a great perspective on the creative process.
  • Jordan
    I've gained close to 30 IQ points from reading this book. Emily Nussbaum lets you feel good about taking TV seriously-- in fact, she argues that we have to.
  • Katie
    Let’s get this out of the way: Emily Nussbaum is a spectacular television critic. She’s earned her acclaim, her place at the New Yorker, her Pulitzer Prize. As I took notes, I had to stop myself from jotting down man, she’s good at this every chapter. She is one of my auto-read writers. Whether or not I’ve watched the show in question, I will read anything she writes about television. Sharp and witty, Nussbaum has a clear and incisive poi...
  • Lissa
    To be honest, I don’t watch a ton of television, mostly because I have three kids that monopolize that time but I do love to read about pop culture. While I have not seen many of the shows she discusses, I did enjoy her take on the themes and subtle ideas presented in the different episodes. The essay about shows, such as South Park, that foretold the 2016 elections was mesmerizing and also horrifying. These were all solid essays and great crit...
  • Melissa
    I’m not really much of a television watcher these days - for some reason multi-episode stuff isn’t doing it for me - but I do love criticism. I’d read about a third of Nussbaum’s essays previously so I already knew that I would enjoy this book immensely. Some are more reviews of a show’s season or finale, some are more of a critical look back. Two essays are completely new - which in my opinion was too few. I would have loved a better b...
  • Elly
    I received an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review.The book was a thoughtful, eye opening and engaging take on TV (and pop culture in general). It reads as a collection of essays which weave nicely into each other. I would have liked the essays to have been updated to the writer's present day opinion, in some cases. Still, such a good read.
  • Ang
    I really enjoy Emily Nussbaum's work, in general, so this was a pleasure to read. Her Pulitzer is well-deserved.Most of these essays appeared originally elsewhere, so your mileage may vary, in terms of what you get out of this. Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the digital ARC.
  • Kathleen
    Emily Nussbaum’s  witty new book, I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution, is great fun even if you don’t watch much TV. Nussbaum, the Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic for The New Yorker, turns her analysis of TV into a quirky, irreverent romp through pop culture. I always read The New Yorker back to front, so TV criticism comes well before the long, serious articles and profiles for which The New Yorker is famous.  ...
  • Neville Longbottom
    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 thoughts about TV as a whole. You won’t find any top 10 lists here, but you will find ponderings about why The Sopranos is more highly regarded than Buffy the Va...
  • Matthew Budman
    Nussbaum is the only TV critic I always read, and over the years I've enjoyed most of her brilliant oeuvre in The New York Times, New York, and The New Yorker. Was excited to revisit the work here, especially since she has discussed how the book draws out coherent themes in her criticism.I Like to Watch opens with a fantastic essay about how TV—both what's on and how we watch and think about it—has changed in the last two decades, since Buffy...
  • Michael
    *Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the complimentary ARC in exchange for this review and forthcoming blog coverage. Collecting many of Emily Nussbaum's television recaps, essays, profiles and commentaries, including a good chunk of the pieces which won her the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2016, I Like to Watch is one critic's assessment of where the medium stands, as well as how it got there and where it's heading. The opener cites B...
  • Kerri
    I'm a big TV fan (though not quite as thoroughly well-watched as some people) so I was super excited by the premise of Nussbaum's book. Collected essays (many pre-published) by the Pulitzer Prize winning critic delve into shows as seemingly disparate as they are connected: Sex & the City, Adventure Time, True Detective, 30 Rock, The Sopranos, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Girls, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and many, many more. While Nussbaum is u...
  • Jeff
    Though I have read quite a few of these essays/reviews before in their original publishing in THE NEW YORKER. Many of these I have not and they are so insightful and personal. That help give insight into the way not only she and other view things but also makes you wonder why you feel the way you do about certain Shows and entertainment. Not to mention the role of criticism and it’s influence. Though also how we take certain Entertainment perso...
  • ShaunMS
    4.5 rounded up I loved reading this and am excited to read it again. Nussbaum's book sits at the center of many of my loves: criticism, television, asking why things for women are less serious and important than things for men. She's a great writer, able to be funny and serious, flexible and rigorous, curious and deeply informed all at once. Nussbaum is as good as anyone I've read at demonstrating how being critical and thinking deeply about popu...
  • Lisa
    Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for a copy of I Like To Watch by Emily Nussbaum for review. Available June 25/19.Emily Nussbaum’s essay collection is on my second favourite subject, tv and how amazing it is, especially in the last decade or so. As much as I like to talk about books, you should get me on the subject of television and what shows we should all be watching!Emily Nussbaum is an award winning culture writer and I Like to Watc...
  • Jen
    This collection of brilliant television criticism, profiles, and musings (originally published in the New Yorker) are smart, thoughtful and make for entertaining reading. My list of shows to watch just blew up as a result - added new shows, reminded me of shows I want to rewatch or move to the front of the queue, etc. In fact, I've resumed watching The Sopranos since reading a great essay about the show here gave me a hankering to revisit it!This...
  • Ben
    Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC of this book.Reading through this collection of (mostly previously-published) essays from Emily Nussbaum, I realized that her writing (along with that of a few others, all of whom have books coming out this year, oddly enough) has turned me into a New Yorker reader. The pieces in the book are great, and push past recapping shows into analyze why they accomplish (or, in a few cases, don't accomplish....
  • William Dury
    Like me, Ms. Nussbaum is a Buffy fan, the show she says inspired her career as a television critic. The whole book is good, the woman won a Pulitzer for heavens sake, but the “Confessions of the Human Shield” piece is especially good. While I cannot agree that to separate the artist from the art is sociopathic (she may have used the qualifier “faintly,” not sure) I understand why she would feel that way. If someone tells you you are eatin...