Emily Nussbaum is a professional television critic who released her first book, I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution in 2019. She is a very successful television critic and she won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Nussbaum lives in Brooklyn with her husband Clive Thompson, a journalist, and their children. Nussbaum has also worked as a writer and editor at New York Magazine where she first made her name by creating the notorious charticle The Approval Matrix which aimed to tell readers which parts of lowbrow and highbrow culture were brilliant and which ones were despicable. The article was so popular that it eventually spawned a half-hour television show hosted by Neal Brennan.

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I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution is Nussbaum’s debut book. The book is a collection of some of her best essays from her Pulitzer Prize–winning columns for The New Yorker. The collection starts with her telling about her passion for television and the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer that started her on this new path. Other essays include profiles that she wrote on some of the most powerful television showrunners working today including Kenya Barris, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy. Other celebrity profiles include the legacies of industry legends like Norman Lear and Joan Rivers. The book covers Nussbaum’s own search for a new kind of criticism that resists the false hierarchy that elevates the violent and gritty culture in media over the joyful and funny types of media. Emily’s career has been defined by her never ending search for a more expansive, more embracing vision of artistic ambition that acknowledges varied voices and different ideas of beauty and complexity. Most of all though, this book celebrates television as it is.

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