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Thirty-six of the most creative and influential contemporary writers, filmmakers, and performers discuss their work at length with the prominent New York Times book critic and culture reporter.
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published June 12th 1988 by Times Books
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Carlos
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Descubrí a la Sra. Kakutani por sus criticas en el NYT y leí este libro porque supe que incluía a Borges. Y qué grata sorpresa. El libro es una colección de artículos basados en entrevistas con diversos autores, no solo literarios, sino también directores de cine y actores. Kakutani los retrata con gusto e inteligencia, evitando los lugares comunes y adaptando el tono a la persona, huyendo de la continua máscara grave de otros críticos (sí, Harold, te miro a ti). Podemos leer capítulos como el d ...more
William
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. It paints vivid pictures of the artists being profiled and shows how the boundary between reality and fiction is often nothing more than a thin sheet.
Cris
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Now that Kakutani is retiring from the New York Times, I thought it well worth to read some of her short pieces and I was mostly pretty engaged by them. However, these pieces truly are journalism, a slice of a particular point in time, (say at the failure of a particular work). They can in no way be considered biographies. Kakutani expects a certain level of basic knowledge from her readers. The piece on Bergman was really good, a sketch to be sure, but I felt that she conveyed the personality o ...more
Annabelle
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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A bit dated, but entertaining nevertheless. Most fascinated with the short interviews done with Borges (didn't know he had turned blind!), Cheever, Gore Vidal (what a bitchy guy), Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright, Ingmar Bergman, Louis Malle and Tennessee Williams. My favorite interview: Billy Wilder. Michiko Kakutani must be a very patient, relentless interviewer. Borrowed from the collection of Berneval Montes.

First read this before I had my reading group. It was from the collection of Mr.
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A.D. Morel
Apr 30, 2013 marked it as to-read
How can I rate a book I have not yet read, and 5 stars no less? because it's Kakutani, of course! Where else would I go with this! Thank you, Michiko, for trying to keep the brow up, the pitch perfect, and the high end of literature in view. XOXO
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I am mostly interested in this book because it includes Joan Didion.
Alex Diaz
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
To be honest, a lot of these dragged - but the conversation with Joan Didion was amazing.
Peter S
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I particularly enjoyed the portraits of Roth, Wiesel, Bergman, Newman, and Borges. Great way to learn about a lot of the great artists (authors, directors, actors, and playwrights) of the 20th century.
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Michiko Kakutani is a Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic and the former chief book critic of The New York Times.