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Emily Nussbaum is an American television critic. She served as the television critic for The New Yorker from 2011 until 2019. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
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The Secret to Superhuman Strength
Alison Bechdel - 2021-05-04
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From the author of Fun Home, a profound graphic memoir of Bechdel's lifelong love affair with exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times Comics and cultural superstar Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack...
Emily Nussbaum
2021-05-26T05:08:25.000Z
This book is incredible. I love it. It goes miles deep.      source
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Audience of One
Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
James Poniewozik - 2019-09-10
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An incisive cultural history that captures a fractious nation through the prism of television and the rattled mind of a celebrity president.Television has entertained America, television has ensorcelled America, and with the election of Donald J. Trump, television has conquered America. In Audience of One, New York Times chief television critic Jam...
Emily Nussbaum
2019-09-15T17:57:25.000Z
This book is outstanding and I cried at the end.      source
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Coders
The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World
Clive Thompson - 2020-03-24 (first published in 2019)
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Facebook's algorithms shaping the news. Self-driving cars roaming the streets. Revolution on Twitter and romance on Tinder. We live in a world constructed of code--and coders are the ones who built it for us. Programmers shape our everyday behavior: When they make something easy to do, we do more of it. When they make it hard or impossible, we do l...
Emily Nussbaum
2019-02-13T14:39:21.000Z
A terrific excerpt from @pomeranian99’s book CODERS (out in March!), all about the lost history of women programmers:      source
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My Brilliant Friend
Neapolitan Novels, Book One
Elena Ferrante - 2012-09-25 (first published in 2011)
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A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship...
Emily Nussbaum
2018-11-21T20:11:21.000Z
I was enjoying My Brilliant Friend (the book) only mezzo mezzo until I got to the final line, which snapped me to attention and made me love it. I've never had that experience with a book before.      source
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Sharp
Michelle Dean - 2018-04-10
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Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm—these brilliant women are the central figures of Sharp. Their lives intertwine as they cut through the cultural and intellectual history of America in the twentieth century, arguing as fervently with each...
Emily Nussbaum
2018-04-09T03:44:23.000Z
I am eating this book up like candy and I want to collect all of these paper dolls.      source
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Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling - 2016-09-27 (first published in 2015)
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From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal. In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whethe...
Emily Nussbaum
2015-11-07T20:55:26.000Z
Mindy Kaling’s book is hilarious.      source
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Sitcom
A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community
Saul Austerlitz - 2014-03-01
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The form is so elemental, so basic, that we have difficulty imagining a time before it existed: a single set, fixed cameras, canned laughter, zany sidekicks, quirky family antics. Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a gentle lullaby of a kinder, gentler America—until suddenly the artificial boundary between the w...
Emily Nussbaum
2013-11-05T14:02:13.000Z
Reading @afmess' terrific book Sitcom. Great details, like a nasty nickname given the chick-heavy The Lucy Show: "The Dyke Sans Dick Show."      source