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The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic Emily Nussbaum brings home to Hollywood a celebration of today’s golden age of television as her provocative new collection of essays topples television’s long haunted “idiot box” status. Nussbaum’s book I Like to Watch traces her own struggle as a viewer, fan, and critic to punch through stifling notions of “prestige television,” searching for a more expansive, more embracing vision of artistic ambition—one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and opens to more varied voices. As Nussbaum argues that we are what we watch, she celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean. Join us for a conversation with Nussbaum and Maria Semple, writer of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” on how our past and present television culture has transformed our culture at large.


Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum has written for The New Yorker. since 2011. She is the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for criticism and the 2014 National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. Previously, she was the TV critic and editor of the Culture Pages for New York magazine, where she created the Approval Matrix, the playful culture charticle that closes each issue. Nussbaum has written for The New York Times, Slate, and Lingua Franca. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Clive Thompson, and their two children.

Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of the novels Today Will Be Different (2016), Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2012) and This One is Mine (2008), all published by Little, Brown and Co. Before writing fiction, she wrote for the TV shows 90210, Mad About You, Arrested Development and others.

This program will take place at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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All tickets and books are non-refundable. Book bundled tickets will include an unsigned copy of the featured book, I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution, which will be distributed the night of the program.  Please don’t forget to keep your tickets handy, either in the Eventbrite app or print them out and bring them with you.

Book Signing
There will be a book signing following the program.

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