Calum Marsh – A. O. Scott, Last of the Power Critics

Link to a review by Calum Marsh of the book Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth (2016) by A.O. Scott:

“A. O. Scott, Last of the Power Critics”

Bonus links: High Concept: Movies and Marketing in Hollywood (this book details the rise of direct marketing of films since 1975, rendering film critics obsolete for marketing purposes; this is the theory that Marsh implicitly relies upon to say that a critic can’t make or break a work), and Distinction: a Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (much of what Marsh says about the prestige of the “paper of record” follows Bourdieu’s theory)