METHODICAL & MERCILESS
Down The Hall Book Club September selection is Pitch Dark > SEPT 21
"There was a time when her name would provoke admiration, anger and, not infrequently, fear. Renata Adler was a purveyor of definitive judgments, of arguments that seemed to march inexorably from a firmly held point of view. In the late ’60s, during a 14-month stint as a film critic for The New York Times, she eviscerated a good deal of what Hollywood had to offer. In 1980, she wrote an 8,000-word essay in The New York Review of Books that denounced the work of Pauline Kael as “piece by piece, line by line, and without interruption, worthless.” Throughout it all, she was a writer for The New Yorker, and her memoir of nearly 30 years there was similarly unsparing, showing that her category of “old friend” wasn’t necessarily distinct from that of “fair game.” She seemed dissatisfied with merely cutting something down to size; whatever offended her had to be put out of its miserable existence, and she wielded her hatchet with methodical and merciless strokes." --from the New York Times book review by Jennifer Szalai
The September 2015 DTHBC selection is Pitch Dark by Renata Adler, originally published in 1983, re-released in 2013 by New York Review of Books.
Down The Hall Book Club is a group for reading fiction by women and non-binary identifying writers. We meet the third Monday of every month at Type Queen West. The book club is free to attend and open to all.
DOWN THE HALL BOOK CLUB MEETING
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Monday September 21, 2015 > 7pm-9pm
BYO snacks etc.