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Michiko Kakutani

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: The Joan Didion Documentary's Pioneering Approach to Collaborative Filmmaking

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Nicholas

Here is a compendium of characters Didion herself might appreciate, and one which her own family is now joining.

What I Found in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Linda Flanagan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Women
Linda Flanagan

As a teenage girl, I used to study the photos of those otherworldly creatures and marvel at their sheer perfection -- Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs and Paulina Porizkova, the Czech beauty who was rumored to speak five languages. Did these astonishing creatures actually exist?

IMAGES: NYT Critic Kakutani Names Top Books Of 2012

Posted 02.16.2013 | Books

Michiko Kakutani is the New York Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic, and she has just named her top 10 books of 2012. It's a pretty convent...

14 Things I Probably Won't Get For Christmas

Perry Brass | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry Brass

Everybody has a Christmas list, I guess. I've been thinking about Christmas and the kind of stuff I'd really, really like, although I'm sure I'm not going to get it.

Against Michiko Kakutani: A Defense of Mark Helprin

Pietros Maneos | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Pietros Maneos

To me, Michiko Kakutani's latest review is emblematic of the ongoing cultural war between those adhering to the tenets of modernity: irony, cynicism, minimalism; and those who obstinately refuse to bow before these pestiferous ideals, those who honor beauty, truth and emotion. Kakutani obviously falls into the former.

Michiko Kakutani's 11 Meanest Book Reviews

Posted 08.28.2012 | Books

Zadie's Smith's writing has been called "frisky and irreverent," "a restless hybrid of voices," and "stunning," but don't expect Michiko Kakutani of T...

When Reviewers Get Thanked (It Happens!)

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.20.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

There's a special treat for me as a reviewer when an author contacts me via Facebook, email -- or in the old days by mail -- to thank me. I don't expect it, and don't write for an author's approval, both of which make it more fun.

Michiko Kakutani Writes Review As Brian The Dog From 'Family Guy'

The Huffington Post | Sammy Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The New York Times lead critic Michiko Kakutani made a splash on the internet this morning by publishing a review of Andrew O'Hagan's new book "The Li...

Great Titles to Add to the NYT Best of 2010 Lists

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In a year when so many good books were published, my own list of the best of 2010 includes some truly great books missing from the NYT collection.

Anis Shivani: Why American Reviewers Disliked Ian McEwan's 'Solar'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What American reviewers have missed is that satire and history are coming together for the first time in McEwan's career.

The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers (PHOTOS)

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Are the writers receiving the major awards and official recognition really the best writers today? Or are they overrated mediocrities with little claim to recognition by posterity?

Yann Martel Responds To Negative Reviews: 'I Don't Live Or Die By It'

National Post | Mark Medley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The review spread across Twitter like wildfire. On April 12 at 5:57 p.m. the noted literary blogger Edward Champion posted a link to his evisceration ...

The New York Times Gets It Wrong

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

Our view is that Beatrice and Virgil is a beautifully written, unconventional and intriguing book that should be read and discussed broadly. It would be a real shame for readers to summarily dismiss this book because it disappointed a few critics.

David Shields' Reality Hunger: Kicking Ass and Dropping Names (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

David Shields practices what he preaches. Aphorisms in the Nietzsche manner are the coin of the literary realm that surfaces in his manifesto, Reality Hunger.

Magic and Self-Loathing in Berkeley: Michael Lewis on Becoming a Writer

Alicia Whitaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alicia Whitaker

Speaking over lunch in a Midtown bistro, Michael Lewis and I had a conversation about how he became a writer, who has influenced him, and how he conjures the motivation to write.

Ian McEwan: Why 'Solar' Was Rejected By The American Literary Establishment

Telegraph | Lorna Bradbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Americans don't like an unattractive character who is not redeemed at the centre of a novel," he says. "And maybe it's a matter of British humour too...

New York Times Book Review: Is It Useful Or Even Relevant Anymore?

The Nervous Breakdown | J.E. Fishman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Times makes not even minimal concessions in the interest of literary fairness, often reviewing a book in the weekly edition and Sunday Times Book ...

Why "Talk" Culture will Destroy the World

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Hugh McGuire

In the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani takes on the Internet, remix culture, post-modernism and the technology-induced Decline of Western Civilizatio...

Michiko Kakutani Rips Martin Amis's New Book: 'The Pregnant Widow' Is 'Remarkably Tedious,' Says NYT Reviewer

The New York Times | MICHIKO KAKUTANI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This remarkably tedious new novel by Martin Amis is a sort of messy improvisation on Boccaccio's 14th-century collection of tales known as "The Decame...

Why Michiko? Why?

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gerald Sindell

This week in the "Have You No Shame" department, I need to follow up on the N.Y. Time's proclivity to heap multiple reviews on pet books while giving zero coverage to thousands of other worthies.

Paper Tigers with Real Fangs: Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City

Andrew Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Andrew Gorin

Last Friday night, Brooklyn born novelist Jonathan Lethem concluded a citywide marathon reading of his new Chronic City with an impressive, nine-hour performance at Bookcourt.

Eating Animals: Caring Is Not A Zero-Sum Game

Laurie David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurie David

One of the many problems with Michiko Kakutani's lame and flamboyantly irrational New York Times review of Eating Animals is that it suggests her own irrelevancy.

Michiko Kakutani Is Destroying the Fabric of American Culture

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gerald Sindell

Turns out if you really want to get reviewed by the Times, it really helps if you are also employed by the Times.

True Compass

Gershon Hepner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gershon Hepner

Although our compass often is not true, we need one not to be misled by those who try to paddle our canoe without a compass in their head.

Feeder Funds

Gershon Hepner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gershon Hepner

There's no point asking for refunds from managers of feeder funds, who generally are quite immune to prosecution, though the tune the piper played was paid by them.