Pauline Kael capitalized on counterculture snobbery, the pecking order of the oh-so enlightened.
If Owen Gleiberman has any complaint against today’s world of criticism it’s that everyone seems to be speaking in one voice.
A certain number of people (not huge) want to read critics who take the arts seriously, who do more than tell readers what is worth spending their money on.
The Hub Review features a perceptively waspish consideration of Pauline Kael’s unhealthy influence on film reviewers, taking scathing aim at a couple of her jittery heirs, A.O. Scott of the NYTimes and Ty Burr of the Boston Globe. I particularly like Tom Garvey’s concluding paragraph: But if the Paulettes have all repudiated their maker, where’s her baleful […]