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Reads Like A Four

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What difference do reviews make? From restaurants to records, film to theatre, Adam Brooks talks to a new critic each week about their best and worst reviews, unexpected reactions and personal connections, to find out how writers, artists, editors and fans deal with criticism.

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What difference do reviews make? From restaurants to records, film to theatre, Adam Brooks talks to a new critic each week about their best and worst reviews, unexpected reactions and personal connections, to find out how writers, artists, editors and fans deal with criticism.

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Cool idea

By DHS727 - Mar 23 2018
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Feels meta to review a podcast about reviewing, but I like it! Really liked listening to Mark Richardson talk about Pitchfork and his philosophy behind criticism. (Makes me want to check out Pitchfork) Looking forward to next episode.

iTunes Ratings

4 Ratings
Average Ratings
2
1
0
1
0

Cool idea

By DHS727 - Mar 23 2018
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Feels meta to review a podcast about reviewing, but I like it! Really liked listening to Mark Richardson talk about Pitchfork and his philosophy behind criticism. (Makes me want to check out Pitchfork) Looking forward to next episode.
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Reads Like A Four

Latest release on Aug 02, 2018

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What difference do reviews make? From restaurants to records, film to theatre, Adam Brooks talks to a new critic each week about their best and worst reviews, unexpected reactions and personal connections, to find out how writers, artists, editors and fans deal with criticism.

Rank #1: #14: Merlin Alderslade (Metal Hammer)

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Metal Hammer Editor Merlin and I discuss what makes metal's community unique, where the mag's limits lie, and heavy metal and horror: their shared humour, and why gatekeepers are scared to give both a shot. Plus: synthwave, Babymetal, Ed Force One, glories and risks, and what happens when magazines overstretch. // Get in touch: readslikeafour@gmail.com // @readslikeafour on Twitter + Instagram

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Jun 21 2018

48mins

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Rank #2: #15: Boyd Hilton (Heat/Pilot TV)

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Heat Entertainment Director / Pilot TV Deputy Editor Boyd Hilton joins me to talk all things Film + TV, including the trouble with British male actors, why men won't buy weeklies, and what readers get from magazine 'lifers'. Plus: The evolution of Heat, keeping monthlies relevant, and the freedoms of podcasting vs. print. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Instagram

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Jun 28 2018

37mins

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Rank #3: #13: Simran Hans (The Observer + more)

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Journalist, programmer, researcher + Observer film writer Simran Hans joins me to discuss how The Observer picks films, the problem with scores, what's missing in film criticism, Isle of Dogs, who writes poster quotes, and the glamour of a 9am Romford Vue screening of Rough Night. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Instagram + Twitter)

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Jun 14 2018

34mins

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Rank #4: #12: Nancy Durrant (The Times)

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The Times' Arts Commissioning Editor Nancy Durrant joins me to talk about accessibility in art writing, who misses out when column inches get slashed, the upside of paywalls, how art gets bad, and whether it's too highbrow for star ratings. // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Instagram/Twitter) // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com

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Jun 07 2018

34mins

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Rank #5: #11: Mark Beaumont (NME + more)

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Critic and music biographer Mark Beaumont talks about his days manning the NME letters desk, what happens when pop parents bite back, defending negativity, misunderstanding Jay-Z's cheese, The Libertines and his final review, whilst also imparting plenty of expertise earned during a career writing for NME, The Guardian, Shortlist, Classic Rock, The Times, The Mail On Sunday, Uncut, Melody Maker, Loaded, The Modern Review and more. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Twitter + Instagram)

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May 31 2018

30mins

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Rank #6: #10: Stuart Stubbs (Loud And Quiet)

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13 years ago, Stuart Stubbs founded independent music magazine Loud And Quiet. Today he talks to me about the magazine's 'gentle dictatorship', the freedom of 'Free', the curse of green covers, and his biggest mistake. We also discuss fading cultural tribalism, why the music industry needs to embrace ignorance, and attempt to predict the future of indie print journalism. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Twitter + Instagram)

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May 24 2018

39mins

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Rank #7: #9: James Smart (Lonely Planet)

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How do you 'review' countries? What part do natural disasters and acts of terrorism play? What makes a good travel writer? This week I sit down with James Smart, Managing Destination Editor at Lonely Planet, to talk about balancing writer safety with good coverage, what puts a region on the map (and takes it off again), how lobbying can help, and how to decide what to feature - and what to ignore. Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour on Twitter + Insta.

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May 17 2018

21mins

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Rank #8: #8: Chris Mandle (Shortlist)

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In this extensive chat with Shortlist's Entertainment Director, we discuss what it takes to get celebrities on covers, why interviews should never run smoothly, what happens when your rivals die out and encounters with everyone from Timothée Chalamet to Jeff Goldblum, Bill Hader to Aziz Ansari. Smoky reverberations to you all! \\ Twitter + Insta: @readslikeafour \\ Email: readslikeafour@gmail.com

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May 10 2018

54mins

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Rank #9: #7: Laura Williams (Classic Pop, Metro, Independent, Sunday Times, Woman, Closer, Daily Mirror, Long Live Vinyl, Louder Than War, + more)

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Laura's written across the spectrum, from local press to national paper and from niche sites to renowned mags. We look at some of the industry's shittiest practices, heartening tales of fandom, tussles with Bon Jovi's management, Manic Street Preachers, see what happens when pop gets serious and when journos get paid in tickets, and consider whether there really is a point to reviews in 2018.

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May 03 2018

42mins

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Rank #10: #6: Laura Snapes (The Guardian)

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The Guardian's Deputy Music Editor Laura Snapes joins me for a quickfire chat to reminisce about street teams, explain why 'music journo' does not = 'failed musician', discuss how political a review should get, and determine what responsibilities critics have, as well as talking about reviewing everything from Sufjan Stevens to Ed Sheeran during her time writing for NME, Pitchfork, The Observer, Financial Times, The Telegraph, NPR, Elle, The Quietus and many more.

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Apr 26 2018

22mins

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#20: What have we learned?

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In the last episode of the current series, we attempt to draw some conclusions about the purpose and future of journalism with the help of this series' 18 guests - as well as looking at a few of cultural criticism's biggest issues. // Contact us: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Twitter/Insta: @readslikeafour // Get a limited edition RLA4 mug (ends Aug 15th): tinyurl.com/readslikeamug

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Aug 02 2018

31mins

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#19: Sam Clements (Picturehouse Cinemas)

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Picturehouse Cinemas Head of Marketing Sam Clements is this week's guest, looking at reviews from an alternative point of view and discussing the hierarchy of film poster quotes, the benefits of 'live' cinema, Paul "5 stars I loved it" Ross, Guy Ritchie's 'Revolver', cinemas' own attempts at journalism, as well as answering a few pressing questions: Does an indie film's success rest on the reviews? Why would cinema-goers trust a cinema's reviews? From Gunn to Spacey, Allen to Depp: What's the impact of a director or star's PR disaster on a cinema chain? // Buy a mug and support RLA4: https://tinyurl.com/readslikeamug // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Twitter/Instagram)

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Jul 26 2018

45mins

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#18: Sam Parker (Esquire)

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Masculinity, Twitter and the odd passing train all feature this week as I talk to Sam Parker, who rose through the ranks from Zoo's roving reporter via the UK launches of Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post to become Esquire's Digital Editor. We discuss everything from male suicide to longform writing to unplugging from society, as well the problem with sexcapades masquerading as journalism. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Instagram + Twitter: @readslikeafour

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Jul 19 2018

37mins

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#17: Christopher Hooton (The Independent)

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Christopher and I discuss The Independent's shift online, representation, tokenism and crowbarred politics in film and whether people really want a peek 'behind the curtain'. Plus: I play devil's advocate on clickbait journalism and get exasperated with the MCU, Chris explains why he finds 'problematic' problematic, and we discuss the iPad impact on writing of all kinds. Apologies for the crackles on this episode. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Instagram + Twitter: @readslikeafour 

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Jul 12 2018

34mins

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#16: Ed Potton (The Times)

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There was a lot to talk about with Times' TV + Film guru Ed. Covered this week: Dunkirk, how to steer clear of puff pieces, Lars Von Trier, avoiding 'critic consensus', 90's pay + conditions vs. now, ELO, Netflix, Morrissey, why journos don't write the headlines and the bannings, walkouts and general flouncing of the Cannes Film Festival. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Instagram + Twitter: @readslikeafour 

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Jul 05 2018

41mins

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#15: Boyd Hilton (Heat/Pilot TV)

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Heat Entertainment Director / Pilot TV Deputy Editor Boyd Hilton joins me to talk all things Film + TV, including the trouble with British male actors, why men won't buy weeklies, and what readers get from magazine 'lifers'. Plus: The evolution of Heat, keeping monthlies relevant, and the freedoms of podcasting vs. print. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Instagram

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 28 2018

37mins

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#14: Merlin Alderslade (Metal Hammer)

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Metal Hammer Editor Merlin and I discuss what makes metal's community unique, where the mag's limits lie, and heavy metal and horror: their shared humour, and why gatekeepers are scared to give both a shot. Plus: synthwave, Babymetal, Ed Force One, glories and risks, and what happens when magazines overstretch. // Get in touch: readslikeafour@gmail.com // @readslikeafour on Twitter + Instagram

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 21 2018

48mins

Play

#13: Simran Hans (The Observer + more)

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Journalist, programmer, researcher + Observer film writer Simran Hans joins me to discuss how The Observer picks films, the problem with scores, what's missing in film criticism, Isle of Dogs, who writes poster quotes, and the glamour of a 9am Romford Vue screening of Rough Night. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Instagram + Twitter)

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 14 2018

34mins

Play

#12: Nancy Durrant (The Times)

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The Times' Arts Commissioning Editor Nancy Durrant joins me to talk about accessibility in art writing, who misses out when column inches get slashed, the upside of paywalls, how art gets bad, and whether it's too highbrow for star ratings. // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Instagram/Twitter) // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 07 2018

34mins

Play

#11: Mark Beaumont (NME + more)

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Read more

Critic and music biographer Mark Beaumont talks about his days manning the NME letters desk, what happens when pop parents bite back, defending negativity, misunderstanding Jay-Z's cheese, The Libertines and his final review, whilst also imparting plenty of expertise earned during a career writing for NME, The Guardian, Shortlist, Classic Rock, The Times, The Mail On Sunday, Uncut, Melody Maker, Loaded, The Modern Review and more. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Twitter + Instagram)

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 31 2018

30mins

Play

#10: Stuart Stubbs (Loud And Quiet)

Podcast cover
Read more

13 years ago, Stuart Stubbs founded independent music magazine Loud And Quiet. Today he talks to me about the magazine's 'gentle dictatorship', the freedom of 'Free', the curse of green covers, and his biggest mistake. We also discuss fading cultural tribalism, why the music industry needs to embrace ignorance, and attempt to predict the future of indie print journalism. // Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour (Twitter + Instagram)

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 24 2018

39mins

Play

#9: James Smart (Lonely Planet)

Podcast cover
Read more

How do you 'review' countries? What part do natural disasters and acts of terrorism play? What makes a good travel writer? This week I sit down with James Smart, Managing Destination Editor at Lonely Planet, to talk about balancing writer safety with good coverage, what puts a region on the map (and takes it off again), how lobbying can help, and how to decide what to feature - and what to ignore. Contact the pod: readslikeafour@gmail.com // Follow the pod: @readslikeafour on Twitter + Insta.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 17 2018

21mins

Play

#8: Chris Mandle (Shortlist)

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In this extensive chat with Shortlist's Entertainment Director, we discuss what it takes to get celebrities on covers, why interviews should never run smoothly, what happens when your rivals die out and encounters with everyone from Timothée Chalamet to Jeff Goldblum, Bill Hader to Aziz Ansari. Smoky reverberations to you all! \\ Twitter + Insta: @readslikeafour \\ Email: readslikeafour@gmail.com

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 10 2018

54mins

Play

#7: Laura Williams (Classic Pop, Metro, Independent, Sunday Times, Woman, Closer, Daily Mirror, Long Live Vinyl, Louder Than War, + more)

Podcast cover
Read more

Laura's written across the spectrum, from local press to national paper and from niche sites to renowned mags. We look at some of the industry's shittiest practices, heartening tales of fandom, tussles with Bon Jovi's management, Manic Street Preachers, see what happens when pop gets serious and when journos get paid in tickets, and consider whether there really is a point to reviews in 2018.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 03 2018

42mins

Play

#6: Laura Snapes (The Guardian)

Podcast cover
Read more

The Guardian's Deputy Music Editor Laura Snapes joins me for a quickfire chat to reminisce about street teams, explain why 'music journo' does not = 'failed musician', discuss how political a review should get, and determine what responsibilities critics have, as well as talking about reviewing everything from Sufjan Stevens to Ed Sheeran during her time writing for NME, Pitchfork, The Observer, Financial Times, The Telegraph, NPR, Elle, The Quietus and many more.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 26 2018

22mins

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#5: Sammy Maine (Gold Flake Paint, Bust, Noisey, Quietus, Guardian, NME...)

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Gold Flake Paint Managing Editor Sammy and I discuss how personal reviews should get, reviewing on the breadline/working for free, whether critics count as artists, and the rise of the longform review. // Contact us: readslikeafour@gmail.com / Twitter + Insta: @readslikeafour

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Apr 19 2018

45mins

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#4: Charlie Lyne (Sight + Sound, Guardian, Ultra Culture, Beyond Clueless, Fear Itself, Paint Drying..

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The focus is on film this week as film-maker + writer Charlie Lyne and I talk snobbery vs. teen movies, whether reviews can be art, being a 16 year old on the BAFTA red carpet, Rian Johnson, why films on planes make us cry + tackling the BBFC. Plus: A robust defence of Eurotrip. // Contact us: readslikeafour@gmail.com / Twitter + Insta: @readslikeafour

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Apr 12 2018

52mins

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#3: Peter Robinson (Popjustice + more) - Part 2

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My chat with Peter continues, covering Santana, Lorraine Kelly, authenticity in pop, process vs. product, local media backlashes, 2nd single theories, Charli XCX, and a heartfelt apology to Eoghan Quigg. Plus: Who's to blame for a bad review? / Twitter: @readslikeafour / Email: readslikeafour@gmail.com

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Apr 05 2018

36mins

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#2: Peter Robinson (Popjustice + more) - Part 1

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I talk media training, authority in journalism and Rita Ora this week with Peter Robinson (Guardian, Q, too many others to mention), as well as how to stage a comeback, the end of the (print) NME, and the lure of hatchet jobs. Follow us on Twitter: @readslikeafour / Email: readslikeafour@gmail.com

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Mar 29 2018

34mins

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#1: Mark Richardson (Pitchfork)

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Pitchfork's Executive Editor joins me this week to discuss the changes to reviewing across 20 years of the site, how records are picked (and why reviews get deleted), Pitchfork's infamous decimal point, reviewing the Pope, a Ryan Adams backlash, The Flaming Lips, Boards of Canada, Animal Collective and a legendary Jet review. / Get in touch: readslikeafour@gmail.com / Twitter: @readslikeafour

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Mar 23 2018

50mins

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iTunes Ratings

4 Ratings
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Cool idea

By DHS727 - Mar 23 2018
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Feels meta to review a podcast about reviewing, but I like it! Really liked listening to Mark Richardson talk about Pitchfork and his philosophy behind criticism. (Makes me want to check out Pitchfork) Looking forward to next episode.