Cultural Critics Worth Reading

A Listmania! list by Ricky Pooski "cool" (Texas)
The list author says: "Most critics are terrible. Most critics are just doing it for the non-fiction resume. However, some critics are so insightful that they make the artwork better. Here are some."
From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present
1.  From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present by Jacques Barzun
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Simple & Direct
2.  Simple & Direct by Jacques Barzun
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

The Culture We Deserve : A Critique of Disenlightenment
3.  The Culture We Deserve : A Critique of Disenlightenment by Jacques Barzun
$11.83   Used & New from: $3.83
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
4.  Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson
$16.97   Used & New from: $2.35
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
5.  The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Invention of Air
6.  The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter
7.  Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson
$13.51   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create & Communicate
8.  Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create & Communicate by Steven Johnson
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Eating the Dinosaur
9.  Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
$10.76   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
10.  Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman
$10.95   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
11.  Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas by Chuck Klosterman
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
12.  Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time?
13.  The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time? by Jason Hartley
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HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations
14.  HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations by Chuck Klosterman
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
15.  Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield
$11.06   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
16.  Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists by The AV Club
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Chuck Klosterman on Rock: A Collection of Previously Published Essays
17.  Chuck Klosterman on Rock: A Collection of Previously Published Essays by Chuck Klosterman
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The Great Movies III
18.  The Great Movies III by Roger Ebert
$19.20   Used & New from: $4.24
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Your Movie Sucks
19.  Your Movie Sucks by Roger Ebert
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, the Finest Writing From a Century of Film
20.  Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, the Finest Writing From a Century of Film by Roger Ebert
$44.83   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
21.  I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie by Roger Ebert
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary: A Greatly Expanded and Much Improved Compendium of Movie Clichés, Stereotypes, Obligatory Scenes, Hackneyed ... Shopworn Conventions, and Outdated Archetypes
22.  Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary: A Greatly Expanded and Much Improved Compendium of Movie Clichés, Stereotypes, Obligatory Scenes, Hackneyed ... Shopworn Conventions, and Outdated Archetypes by Roger Ebert
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure
23.  My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure by Nathan Rabin
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture
24.  The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture by Nathan Rabin
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
25.  Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil
$11.37   Used & New from: $8.02
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)

The Other Hollywood : The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
26.  The Other Hollywood : The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry by Legs McNeil
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I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir
27.  I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir by Mickey Leigh
$14.42   Used & New from: $3.92
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy's Tale: From the Front Lines of Punk Rock
28.  Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy's Tale: From the Front Lines of Punk Rock by Cheetah Chrome
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Over the Edge: A Novel
29.  Over the Edge: A Novel by Brandilyn Collins
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
30.  Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia
$13.66   Used & New from: $1.80
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems
31.  Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems by Camille Paglia
$13.00   Used & New from: $2.17
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Vamps & Tramps: New Essays
32.  Vamps & Tramps: New Essays by Camille Paglia
$11.65   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Susie Bright's Sexwise: America's Favorite X-Rated Intellectual Does Dan Quayle, Catharine MacKinnon, Stephen King, Camille Paglia, Nicholson Baker, Madonna, the Black Panthers, and the GOP
33.  Susie Bright's Sexwise: America's Favorite X-Rated Intellectual Does Dan Quayle, Catharine MacKinnon, Stephen King, Camille Paglia, Nicholson Baker, Madonna, the Black Panthers, and the GOP by Susie Bright
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Sexwise: America's First X-Rated Intellectual Takes On: Catharine MacKinnon, Camille Paglia, Madonna, Stephen King, Nicholas Baker, The Black Panthers, & The GOP
34.  Sexwise: America's First X-Rated Intellectual Takes On: Catharine MacKinnon, Camille Paglia, Madonna, Stephen King, Nicholas Baker, The Black Panthers, & The GOP by Susie Bright
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The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
35.  The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family by Dan Savage
$11.87   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Skipping Towards Gomorrah
36.  Skipping Towards Gomorrah by Dan Savage
$10.84   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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