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A. O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000. Previously, Mr. Scott was a Sunday book reviewer for Newsday and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books and many other publications.
He has served on the editorial staffs of Lingua Franca and The New York Review of Books. He also edited “A Bolt From the Blue and Other Essays,” a collection by Mary McCarthy, which was published by The New York Review of Books in 2002.
Born on July 10, 1966, in Northampton, Mass., Mr. Scott graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in literature from Harvard College in 1988. He did graduate work in English at Johns Hopkins and left before completing his doctorate.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.