Sometimes, Michiko Kakutani gets tired of being Michiko Kakutani. Can you identify the imaginary alternative persona in each of the following passages?
1. “Dwight says ‘dude’ an awful lot, but boy, the guy is a real talker: he’s got this voice that just grabs your attention and won’t let go, even when you think you’re Read More
Sharon Maguire’s Bridget Jones’s Diary , from a screenplay by Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies and Richard Curtis, based on the novel by Ms. Fielding, bounces across the screen as an entertainment that charmed me on the whole largely because of the magical gifts of Renée Zellweger, who turns out to be enchanting at any weight. Read More
Henry the K Loves O
The Literacy Partners cocktail party at Le Cirque 2000 on March 28 was slogging along on a damp mixture of limp handshakes, soggy crabcakes and Dewar’s when a young woman in black exclaimed: “Whoa! Isn’t that, like, um, the evilest man on Earth?”
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Read More
Everything You Know , by Zoë Heller. Alfred A. Knopf, 203 pages, $22.
This is a review of Zoë Heller’s new novel, Everything You Know , but it’s really much more about Bridget Jones, the fat-phobic heroine of Helen Fielding’s 1998 novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary , a book so wondrously smart and funny that it Read More
Bridget Jones’s Diary , by Helen Fielding. Viking, 271 pages, $22.95.
It’s very possible that within a month every American book buyer will know the name of Bridget Jones, a 30-something Londoner whose diary records in hilarious detail a ceaseless search for thinner thighs, inner poise and a nice boyfriend. Bridget is the creation of Read More