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Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook
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Television and TV viewing are not what they once were—and that's a good thing, according to award-winning author and critic Clive James. Since serving as television columnist for the London Observer from 1972 to 1982, James has witnessed a radical change in content, format, and programming, and in the very manner in which television is watched. Here he examines this unique cultural revolution, providing a brilliant, eminently entertaining analysis of many of the medium's most notable twenty-first-century accomplishments and their not-always-subtle impact on modern society—including such acclaimed serial dramas as Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Mad Men, and The Sopranos, as well as the comedy 30 Rock.With intelligence and wit, James explores a television landscape expanded by cable and broadband and profoundly altered by the advent of Netflix, Amazon, and other "cord-cutting" platforms that have helped to usher in a golden age of unabashed binge-watching.
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Street Date:
08/30/2016
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Clive James. (2016). Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Clive James. 2016. Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook. Blackstone Publishing.

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Clive James, Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook. Blackstone Publishing, 2016.

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Clive James. Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2016.

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        Australian author James (Unreliable Memoirs) brings his sharp critical eye to TV’s current golden age, providing witty and insightful musing on popular and critically acclaimed series of the past two decades. He posits that good television is an art form and a mirror for reflecting modern cultural concerns. Contrasted with the “relentless catalogue of mechanized happenings” of blockbuster films, it provides “something to discuss.” Displaying a talent for apt description and pop culture recall, James declares Tony Soprano “a magnetic mountain” and Don Draper “Don Giovanni in a Brooks Brothers shirt.” He places Mad Men in its historical context and takes Aaron Sorkin to task for The Newsroom’s cardboard cutout characters. His commentary on the trope of the “irritating daughter” (and its subspecies, “the kidnapped irritating daughter”), in 24 is hilarious and spot-on. Some of his opinions are controversial—he dislikes Breaking Bad’s Walter White and calls his cohort Jesse Pinkman an “unbearable punk.” His description of Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen as “not especially stunning” will particularly irk some fans. As readers of James’ prior work will expect, this is a cerebral piece of work. “For the subtleties,” he writes, “we still need books.” Jokes about Marcel Proust’s mother aside, however, his book is far from inaccessible.

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      • content: Binge-watching is a 21st-century pastime. It seems everyone's doing it, including noted TV critic and author Clive James. In response to having been diagnosed with cancer, James spends his time binge-watching TV shows new and old. Clive Chafer narrates James's commentary. In particular, Chafer matter-of-factly explains James's ranking system for various series--from "The Sopranos" to "Game of Thrones." As James makes dry quips on each of the boxed sets he's completed, his humor is not lost on the listener, due to Chafer's stellar performance. Binge-watching may be a common recreation in today's world, but James's explorations of the phenomenon and Chafer's cultured British accent bring this discussion of it to a higher level. A.G.M. � AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
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