He’s no keyboard introvert; he’s a ringmaster who loves spreadsheets.I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum
I love to read, but I also love TV. So naturally enough, this book was a perfect fit for me.
Nussbaum is a TV critic for The New Yorker and in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for “television reviews written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness of her analysis or the easy authority of her writing“. This book is a collection of her essays from over the years and include a new introduction for each from the writer, giving context on the circumstances surrounding the time it was originally published and the reaction from readers at the time.
I haven’t watched all of the shows she wrote about in this book and skipped some that I still have on my “to-watch” list. I’m also three episodes away from the end of The Sopranos so I look forward to going back to reading that essay soon…
But what did I learn from this book about those shows that I have seen?
- The ending of Sex and the City was the wrong one and a disservice to the main character.
- I have to re-watch Girls as soon as possible because it really is the best.
- The Marvellous Mrs Maisel is actually not very good.
- I miss Alicia and really need to watch The Good Wife again.
- I need to give Jane the Virgin another chance.
This book also reminded me of how good good tv is. And the author’s piece on Ryan Murphy is possibly one of the best profiles that I’ve ever read. It’s fascinating. Especially as the essay was written just after the announcement of the screenwriter/director/producer’s big Netflix deal and since then, the content he’s created for the streaming service have not been well received.
This is a great book for any TV lover in your life. I now have a new obsession with Emily Nassbaum and have everything crossed that she’ll write a piece on the love/hate relationship we all have with Emily in Paris because I need to know what she makes of that one….