February 14, 2019

A. S. Hamrah in conversation with Jennifer Krasinski

n+1 film critic A. S. Hamrah will discuss his book The Earth Dies Streaming (n+1 Books, 2018) with critic Jennifer Krasinski at the School of Visual Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

6:30 PM
Thursday, February 14, 2019
School of Visual Arts
132 West 21st Street, 6th floor

Praise for The Earth Dies Streaming

“Hamrah’s writing on movies . . . is form-bending, disobedient, saturated with history, and at times deliciously nasty. Neither hatchet man nor pushover, Hamrah makes exacting technical judgments while maintaining both levity and a sense of moral stakes. His book is a totem to the crucial role of scrutiny in the era of the fanboy and the recapper.
Christian Lorentzen, New York Best Books of 2018

“A. S. Hamrah’s criticism is hilarious, irreverent, full of passionate and ingeniously defended judgments. He can be relied upon to push things to a point of delightful perversity, which is part of what makes his work so fun (truly fun) to read. But he is also up to something subversive and political: his work brilliantly torpedoes the tedious conventions, commodifications, and clichés of the corporate entertainment complex.”
Dana Spiotta

“Indispensable . . . A procession of ideas that speak with unrivaled immediacy to the cultural moment . . . Operating outside of the model that Hollywood expects and relies upon in its advertising, A. S. Hamrah’s columns stand alone in their ability to evoke what it feels like to go to the movies in the 21st century . . . The Earth Dies Streaming solidifies Hamrah’s place as our age’s most irreplaceable critic.”
—Kyle Paoletta, Guernica

“A. S. Hamrah’s writing on film is a delight. I don’t know anyone else who does roundups like that, where he goes through like ten movies and it always feels cumulative and hilarious and somehow life-affirming, like everyone is unwittingly—some less wittingly than others—working through the same problems facing film-producing civilizations at the moment. Like all the best criticism, The Earth Dies Streaming makes art and life feel less lonely.”
—Elif Batuman

“Finally, a collection from A. S. Hamrah, a film critic who qualifies as an auteur—formally creative, convention-busting, and always insightful. Reading Hamrah on movies is almost always better than seeing the actual movies themselves.”
—Astra Taylor