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Thirty Days of Writing Questions-Day 15

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15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

I'll tell you about two non-fiction writers, both of whom are associated with The New Yorker.

#1-The late, great Pauline Kael. When we were growing up, we had Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and I lost it at the movies, and eventually I had at various times pretty much all of her collections and would spend hours at my grandparents apartment going through their current stacks of New Yorkers, looking for cartoons and Pauline Kael reviews.

I love her wit, her passion for movies she loved and her ability to scathingly destroy movies she hated, plus her willingness to embrace certain brands of trash. David Denby and Anthony Lane are palid immitations although Denby can come up with a good line now and again.

My favorite Pauline "moment" comes from "I Lost It At The Moves," where she is answering "fan mail" and some schmuck is telling her that she shouldn't review movies because she's never made one, but that before she can direct a movie she will need "a pair of balls."

To which she replies: "Dear Mr. Do Do, (I call you that in honor of your double attributes.)"

Cracks me up every time.

#2-Malcolm Gladwell.

I love his New Yorker pieces that start by going into depth about one topic and then seem to switch to something else entirely, but manage to pull it all together by then end. I vividly remember reading the article that eventually became the basis for The Tipping Point, being absolutely fascinated by how Hush Puppies had become hip and all the other stories he used to explain the "Tipping Point" idea.

I recently read Blink and adored it just as much. And I've still got Outliers waiting for me. YAY.
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