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So far the reviews are not glowing. Terry Teachout's review in the WSJ actually takes light in, rather than releasing it: "Yet I found it hard to shake off the disquieting sensation that Ms. Didion, for all the obvious sincerity of her grief, was nonetheless functioning partly as a grieving widow and partly as a celebrity journalist who had chosen to treat the death of John Gregory Dunne as yet another piece of grist for her literary mill."

Posted by MvB | March 30, 2007 11:29 AM

I can pinpoint the exact moment I gave up on NY Times reviews forever. This is from David Kamp's painful review of Norah Vincent's book about dressing up and going around as a dude:

"Conspicuously absent from 'Self-Made Man,' though, are men leading full, contented lives. Perhaps this is a function of the limitations of Vincent's experiment - after all, a 'man' created out of thin air and stoppelpaste can't very well insinuate himself into an elegant country club or a loving nuclear family."

Posted by a.b. | March 30, 2007 11:48 AM


Posted by sniggles | March 30, 2007 12:44 PM

What the heck is "stoppelpaste"? It was neither in my Webster's or OED.

Is it the same as chalk?

Posted by elswinger | March 30, 2007 1:09 PM

Ms. Wagner, your venom is caused by your invidiousness that you lack Mr. Brantley's slight social acquaintance with Ms. Didion.

Posted by elenchos | March 30, 2007 3:01 PM

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