This program originally aired on September 21st, 2023.
Julie Salamon sits down with New York Times Critic, A.O. Scott to discuss his return to reviewing books, his career in criticism, and thoughts on our current culture. A. O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000, and was chief critic from 2004-2023 during which he wrote 2,220 movie reviews and nearly 1,300 other essays, articles and appraisals. In March of 2023 he moved to The New York Times Book Review to write critical essays, notebooks and reviews that grapple with literature, ideas and intellectual life.
Topics covered in this program: The evolution and role of a critic, ethics of criticism, Talmudic tradition, Jewish identity, evolution of the film industry and the impact on professional critics, book culture in America.