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The Critic and Her Publics

Merve Emre

The best and most prominent critics working today perform criticism on the spot, on an object they’ve never seen before. It’s a glimpse into brilliant minds at work as they perform how to think about art and culture. From the New York Review of Books and Literary Hub, The Critic and Her Publics is a limited series hosted by Merve Emre. Edited by Michele Moses Music by Dani Lencioni Art by Leanne S... more

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4.3 out of 5 stars from 90 ratings
  • Please, more of the guests!

    I really appreciate the idea of this show and I do enjoy reading Emre’s writing. But she conducts each interview as if she is the teacher and inevitably brings the conversation to be about her or her own teaching /writing. This is fine for an episode but gets repetitive week after week. Please keep the focus on the guests.

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    United States2 months ago
  • such a disappointment

    This really is quite poor. I so wanted to like it, be captivated, be enlightened. But the tone is close to unbearable: cloying, self-absorbed, unctuous. And there hasn’t been a single moment that goes anywhere beneath the surface. The questions are beyond bland and anodyne, and the guests respond in kind. Everyone comes off seeming like the most self-absorbed, shallow bores I’d run screaming from at a party. The pity is that I’m sure at least some of the participants are far more interesting tha... more

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    joe appel
    United States3 months ago
  • Are the publics really plural ?

    Immense respect for this project, but the vibe… ça m’énerve

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    United States3 months ago
  • entertaining!

    I really appreciated the subtle takedown of Andrea Long Chu, the queen of the nasty takedown. Chu did not hold up under questioning. It was also painful to hear her try to improvise about Zoe Leonard’s fabulous manifesto.

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    United States3 months ago
  • Really wanted to like this but

    Believe the bad reviews. The host Merve Emre is awkward and off-putting and the show doesn’t feel like it’s about criticism or the guests. It feels like it’s about self promotion and her.

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