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We’re living in a golden age of cultural criticism. Sure, ye olde online content farms yield a lot of drek, but they’ve also borne more and better writing, from Matt Zoller Seitz on Mad Men to Doreen St. Felix’s deconstruction of how patois is heard and misheard. Not all of this stellar #kultural #kontent has been collected in books—yet—but there’s a lot, new and old, to keep you busy in the meantime. Notes from No...
There’s no better time to be a book nerd in Brooklyn than September, when the annual blockbuster Brooklyn Book Festival takes over town. With a week’s worth of offsite “Bookend” events and a full day of free panels, readings, discussions, as well as a bustling book fair, if anything there is too much to take in. Let us guide you through the busy, and sometimes bewildering, field of parties and panels. Secure your bookmarks...
Park Slope Food Co-op member A.O. Scott wields the power to shape mainstream consensus, to define for a large and varied nonspecialist readership what viewing habits, and what attitudes, constitute enlightened moviegoing. This is not just down to his platform at theTimes, but also because Scott’s criticism—lucid, witty, sensible—makes him the perfect ambassador. It’s not surprising that with his high-profile new book, Better Living Through Criticism, he’s turned to advocating for his entire profession. What’s your favorite place in Brooklyn to...
"Whose Brooklyn Is It, Anyway?" asked A.O. Scott in the New York Times this weekend. The film critic took a trip down Brooklyn's memory lane—reminiscing about the borough's on-screen persona in such TV shows as Welcome Back Kotter and movies like Do the Right Thing—in an effort to put Brooklyn's rapidly changing demographics into some sort of historical perspective. The genesis of Scott's nostalgia-trip was director Spike Lee's recent rant against gentrification and its negative effects on...

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