September issues

In a 1981 novel set in 1969, a newly megafamous author gets a letter from a TV producer.  “Dear Mr. Zuckerman,” it begins,

“For a number of years I have been planning to film a series of half-hour television shows (in color) to be called “A Day in the Life of …” The format, which is [...]

Being good

I had been whimpering, collapsing into Bennett’s lap while quietly moaning “You guys this movie is breaking me,” and miming wrist-slashing actions for about an hour and, okay, I concede that none of that constitutes ideal movie-theater etiquette.  But it wasn’t as though I was chatting throughout the movie or shouting things at the screen.  [...]