Sunday, July 17, 2011
Garner "Hooked" On Kael
This morning, perusing The New York Times Sunday Book Review, I was delighted to find Dwight Garner’s appreciation of Pauline Kael’s 1989 collection Hooked [see “A Great Guide (Apologies to Its Author),” The New York Times, July 14, 2011]. In his piece, Garner says that, “rereading Hooked was a treat, like someone taking me to Grand Central Oyster Bar and saying, ‘Amigo, the check’s on me.’ I can’t imagine a better beach book in 2011.” I agree. Hooked is a wonderful book; all the material in it originally appeared in The New Yorker. I take this opportunity to tip my hat to Garner for writing one of this year’s most memorable reviews, an expert demolition of Annie Proulx’s Bird Cloud (see “A Novelist Wills Her Dream Home Into Being,” The New York Times, January 4, 2011).
Credit: The above photo of Pauline Kael is by Chris Carroll; it appears on the back cover of Kael’s great 5001 Nights at the Movies.