Play All: A Bingewatcher’s Notebook

Play All: A Bingewatcher’s Notebook

Clive James / Jul 22, 2019

Play All A Bingewatcher s Notebook A world renowned media and cultural critic offers an insightful analysis of serial TV drama and the modern art of the small screen Television and TV viewing are not what they once were and that s a go

  • Title: Play All: A Bingewatcher’s Notebook
  • Author: Clive James
  • ISBN: 9780300218091
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A world renowned media and cultural critic offers an insightful analysis of serial TV drama and the modern art of the small screen 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 radiA world renowned media and cultural critic offers an insightful analysis of serial TV drama and the modern art of the small screen 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 TV 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 and other cord cutting platforms that have helped to usher in a golden age of unabashed binge watching.

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      • Clive James

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information An expatriate Australian broadcast personality and author of cultural criticism, memoir, fiction, travelogue and poetry Translator of Dante.


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    1. Wondering what Clive James would have thought of Game of Thrones feels a bit like wondering what Ruskin would have thought of Banksy, and yet here, delightedly, we are. As James likes to remind us in his columns, he isn't actually dead yet, despite a nasty leukaemia that's looked like finishing him off any day for the last five years. And what better way to pass this borrowed time than by sitting with his two daughters and binge-watching our new golden age of TV programmes. The Sopranos, The Goo [...]


    2. I have a serious man-crush on Clive James. He's cultured. He's perceptive. He writes with a distinct style and he's damned funny. In short, he's the full writerly package.I've long admired him, and throughout the many of his books that I have read his writing somehow manages to be both treacle-smooth and razor sharp, a jumbo jar of fine-grade honey laced with surgical scalpels.James is a confessed bingewatcher of TV shows, regularly smashing the decency-threshold of four episodes in one sitting, [...]


    3. My interest in long-form drama is relatively recent . I went almost a decade in my 20s without a television. Without articulating it, I think I was drawn to the format by the potential for both pacing and proportion. Perhaps it was the adaptation of Little Dorrit, it was certainly The Wire. Historically I have slated these binges for the summer when futbol takes a brief hiatus and those frequent, fleeting spots of holiday.Clive James freely admits he's living on borrowed time and that he's steep [...]



    4. Few critics are as astute and funny about TV as Clive James. This work honors the long form TV that I now prefer to the old days of scheduled episodes and impatient waiting. Some of his dead-on observations -- On Madmen:"Don Draper is Don Giovanni in a Brooks Brothers shirt." The Sopranos : "On the more subtle level of mental torture, Artie the restaurateur, who by his gift for foolish investments has brought his enterprise to bankruptcy, is saved by a loan from Tony. Being saved by Tony ensures [...]


    5. I received this book from Good Reads.OK, I admit it: I binged read this book about binge watching television shows, in boxed sets. Frankly, I didn't read all the critiques about shows I never watched: Mad Men in particular and Good Wife. However, I read with great interest his comments on Game of Thrones and NYPD Blue. I agree with the author totally on the character of Andy Sipowicz. The problem with such books as this is that they get old really fast. In five years, people won't even remember, [...]


    6. I haven't seen any of the TV shows discussed except for the Sopranos, but I will read anything by Clive James. This is a wonderful book. I binge read it.


    7. I am now searching for more Clive books.He is funny,erudite,obviously troubled(2 daughters) and loves beautiful women.I would have finished the book much earlier,but I had to google pictures of almost all the actresses he mentioned.4.5 stars


    8. Clive James remains a thing of joy, even while facing death these last years. His musings on the new "binge watching" method and the narrative changes it brings to entertainment are constantly pleasing. Especially since he mostly analyzing those series I have seen.


    9. Like the cover of the book says, the text on Game of Thrones is really worth reading. And we really should start The Good Wife again. Not so sure about NYPD Blue


    10. I found this deeply frustrating. To get a minor, but persistent, annoyance out of the way this was published in 2016, and yet the title and repeated references are to box sets. I.e physical media. Really? No mention of streaming or Netflix? Even to comment on what effect the relevant companies have on prestige TV? Fine. Whatever. One would think that a mind that could get from Total Recall to Leni Reifenstahl within two sentences would have some fun insights to dig through. But, much like his pr [...]


    11. The First Book of 2017, and what a corker!When he was in the process of dying, Christopher Hitchens wrote a condensation of his philosophy called MORTALITY. Hitchens's friend, and fellow wit, Clive James is now in the process of dying but he gives us a collection of astute yet hysterical essays on television shows. James and his family have been watching boxed sets of TV shows during his recent illness (leukemia, in fact). He covers, in his own way, The Sopranos, Band of Brothers, The Pacific , [...]


    12. I really don't know what I expected from this book, since the subject, getting the most out of binge watching entire series hardly seemed to need an entire book. But it also promised information on how tv has allowed storylines to expand. However, when all is said and done, I felt this would have been a good article, not a 200 page book. James is a respected critic who, during a recuperation and enforced period of rest, binged on boxed sets of long running series. When he's discussing the merits [...]


    13. I binge-read this book about binge-watching TV shows. I skimmed over chapters on shows I have no interest in, but enjoyed James's perspective on shows I have watched and enjoyed. I particularly appreciated his perspective on Mad Men, which was different than most other commentaries on the show (critiquing the show's lack of explicit critique of the advertising industry by the characters themselves). I also loved the frame story, of an ailing father binging TV with his daughters, and thought he w [...]


    14. It is always a great pleasure to read scholarly AND entertaining writing on television - a form that still remains film's poorer cousin when it comes to serious analysis. James is a bingewatcher after my own heart, and it helped that his interests in TV series are very similar to mine. But, even if you haven't seen most of the stuff he talks about, it is difficult not to enjoy this book. Equal parts insightful and hilarious (I almost died laughing while reading his description of Claire Danes in [...]


    15. Interesting book on the virtues of binge-watching. Provides decent synopses of many series, both here and abroad. Overly opinionated in spots, and not very good on recommendations. (Mad Men? The Good Wife? Please!). For anyone who has read Clive James before and would buy this book as a matter of course, I would redundantly recommend this book. Otherwise, you're as well off reading the crap on the Rotten Tomatoes website.


    16. I must confess that I got my copy of this book from my local Gleebooks specials section (my lifeline to just about all the books I have acquired recently, often at half to a third of the original prices!) solely for the purpose of “cheating” on the comparatively recent craze of “bingeing” on boxed sets of DVDs of television series — I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. I concluded that it was no more than what the name implies: it is a means of “catching up” on “long-nar [...]


    17. Nobody writes about both high and low culture like Clive James. One of the last great polymaths left standing (although he does take great pains to let us know how near the end he now is). I loved his tv shows growing up, I loved reading his books on TV criticisms & his cultural essays as an adult.This (short) book can be seen as a companion to his book from a few years ago, ‘Latest Readings’. In that book he described his days of rereading books. In ‘Play All’ he describes his eveni [...]


    18. Clive James is always a good, interesting, read and this is no exception; indeed if you've any interest in the long form drama that you can still buy in 'box sets' that let you 'Play All' then I'd encourage you to binge read Clive on binge watching. Where my watching overlapps with his, he manages to not only identify some of the principal pleasures to be gained from the series but illuminate unsuspected connections and other aspects, particularly in the writing, that add to the pleasures of wat [...]


    19. I borrowed this book by accident, thinking it was something else. However, as I have more than enough time to listen to any audio book while driving to/from work, I figured I don't mind. I don't know who Clive James is/was/will be, and I don't see a point in writing a book about watching TV shows, especially when the book is quite short and there's a new show "analyzed" more often than there must be pages in the paper edition. At times it was fun to hear what somebody else thought about the few [...]


    20. Clive James' love of long-form TV shines through culminating in a rare ability to critique without insult. I loved this book. Whether or not you're a fan of the box set, this will entertain you. C'mon, even if you hated/never watched Mad Men the phrase 'where the glass ceiling is at floor level' should be temptation enough. Most of all I love that for the last few paragraphs I wept at his words on gratitude for the creative world and the regret that his imminent demise would steal it from him. R [...]


    21. A memoir from a terminally ill man (who is not only still alive today, but also a beloved journalist in the UK) who decided to spend his last days bingeing on the greatest TV series America has to offer. I learned that I really need to get around to watching House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire and The Good Wife as I myself binged through this easy reader. However, the book also throws around spoilers freely, in a "I can't believe they killed off my favorite character in season 4!" type way, and it [...]


    22. A breezy critic's take on some of the best TV shows in recent years, including The West Wing, Game of Thrones, Sopranos, and The Wire.


    23. A decent, enjoyable read. I admire James for continuing to read, watch and write even as he's on his downward slope.


    24. The author is a literary critic of formidable reputation. Having bingewatched a number of (mostly cable) series and miniseries, he thinks we're living in a second golden age of television drama. He discards the traditional way of reviewing, in which the critic tots up the merits and demerits of the work and delivers a considered judgement. That's no longer appropriate to the feverish media age in which we live, he says. Instead he's adopted a fast-flowing, freely allusive, witty, intensely perso [...]



    25. A witty read about some of the great TV of the past 20 years. He's harsh on reality TV and whole genres like zombies and sci-fi, and makes some questionable assumptions about equality in comedy and on the screen in general. Those aside, an indulgent read for those of us who love telly.


    26. A zippy set of essays about recent binge-watched favourite TV show box-sets. Everything is in here you'd expect - some of it handled breezily, other shows more thoroughly. Some great insight, plenty of the trademark wit. All written in that way where, with knowledge of where he's at and who he is, we're reminded across each page that we're lucky enough just to have him. His prolific nature isn't slowing, his ability to think clearly and express that and fight to write while he's alive is inspiri [...]


    27. Clive James has spent his career as a cultural critic and public wit, providing an insightful perspective on the world of the arts (and beyond) from London and Australia. Suffering through various ailments allowed him the opportunity to experience the glories of the "boxed set" of DVDs that contain entire seasons of TV shows. "Play All" serves as a compilation of his critical takes on the self-proclaimed Golden Age of Television, including most of HBO's most acclaimed library while also spending [...]


    28. Best when reading about programs I have watched, but has merit even regarding those I haven't. I found last few pages on The Good Wife and female characters particularly good.


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