10 Must-Read Books for February 2016


Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth, A.O. Scott (Penguin Press, February 9)

Best known for his film criticism at the New York Times, Scott has lately played the role of the self-conscious cultural critic and arbiter of politically sensitive “thematic” disputes. Less a reprisal of this role than an aggressive extension of it, Better Living Through Criticism lays out Scott’s case for criticism in a series of dialogues and essays.