For many, B. Ruby Rich is first and foremost a critic. That is how she is introduced at events and in bios, and is how I came to know of her and her writing when I was an undergraduate. However, her criticism is but one thread in an intricate tapestry that comprises a stunning career. Perhaps the University of California Press knew this when, in 2013, they hired Ruby to be the new editor in chief of Film Quarterly. By that point, her professional experience was so extensive and wide-ranging as to amount to overqualification. Starting off in exhibition and programming, she served as associate director of what later became known as the Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving into arts administration as the head of the film program at the New York State Council on the Arts. Of course, UC Press knew...

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