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Cultural Critics Worth Reading

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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: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life
Simple & Direct
Simple & Direct
The Culture We Deserve : A Critique of Disenlightenment
The Culture We Deserve : A Critique of Disenlightenment
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
The Invention of Air
The Invention of Air
Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter
Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter
Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create & Communicate
Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create & Communicate
Eating the Dinosaur
Eating the Dinosaur
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time?
The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time?
HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations
HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
Chuck Klosterman on Rock: A Collection of Previously Published Essays
Chuck Klosterman on Rock: A Collection of Previously Published Essays
The Great Movies III
The Great Movies III
Your Movie Sucks
Your Movie Sucks
Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, the Finest Writing From a Century of Film
Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, the Finest Writing From a Century of Film
I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
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
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
My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure
My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure
The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture
The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
The Other Hollywood : The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
The Other Hollywood : The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir
I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir
Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy's Tale: From the Front Lines of Punk Rock
Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy's Tale: From the Front Lines of Punk Rock
Over the Edge: A Novel
Over the Edge: A Novel
Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems
Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems
Vamps & Tramps: New Essays
Vamps & Tramps: New Essays
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
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
Sexwise: America's First X-Rated Intellectual Takes On: Catharine MacKinnon, Camille Paglia, Madonna, Stephen King, Nicholas Baker, The Black Panthers, & The GOP
Sexwise: America's First X-Rated Intellectual Takes On: Catharine MacKinnon, Camille Paglia, Madonna, Stephen King, Nicholas Baker, The Black Panthers, & The GOP
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
Skipping Towards Gomorrah
Skipping Towards Gomorrah
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