The Screenplay's the Thing: Movie Criticism, 1986-1990

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Archon Books, 1992 - Performing Arts - 298 pages
84 movies from the late '80s are reviewed by critic Bruce Bawer.

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The screenplay's the thing: movie criticism, 1986-1990

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In 1986, literary critic Bawer was asked to review films by the conservative journal American Spectator , which told him he could write what he wished. (He quit four years later in an editorial ... Read full review



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A native New Yorker who has lived in Norway since 1999, Bruce Bawer has written several influential books on a range of issues. A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society (1993) was named by columnist Dale Carpenter as the most important non-fiction book about homosexuality published in the 1990s; Publishers Weekly called Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity (1997) "a must-read book for anyone concerned with the relationship of Christianity to contemporary American culture"; While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within (2006) was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom (2009) was hailed by Booklist as "immensely important and urgent." He has also published several collections of literary and film criticism, including Diminishing Fictions and The Aspect of Eternity, and a collection of poetry, Coast to Coast, which was selected by the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook as the best first book of poems published in 1993. He is a frequent contributor to such publications as The Hudson Review, City Journal, The American Scholar, Wilson Quarterly, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has reviewed books regularly for the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, and Wall Street Journal.

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