How to watch movies and read books more intelligently, according to New York’s most powerful critics

Sometimes it seems we’ll never get back to the blissful college days of doing nothing but reading, thinking, and discussing. (Or drinking while discussing. Or drinking while not discussing.) The farther you get along in career and family, the more you wonder: Will I ever find time to finish (or start) Moby Dick? Fitzcarraldo? The Wire?? And then, do I still have it in me to say something intelligent about them?

Even professional culture critics face the same fears. On Sunday, Sept. 18, a group of legendary US critics opened up at the Brooklyn Book Fair, sharing their own strategies for reading and watching, and thinking critically.

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