“Conversations with Pauline Kael”


At Full Stop, Amanda Shubert reviews Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, while interrogating the particularly vitriolic (and often gendered) criticism that continues to be leveled against the influential film critic.

“Kael spoke to people in a voice they recognized, but she demanded something more from them than they were accustomed to. Perhaps readers feel the need to cut Kael down to size because she wouldn’t do the work for them.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →