Bright Lights Film Journal

I knew Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Mr. Schickel. Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve was a friend of mine. And you are no Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve.

Time Magazine film critic Richard Schickel, doin’ what a Time Magazine critic does best, makin’ a complete ass of himself at the LA Times. Money quote:

“But instead, let’s think about what reviewing ought to be. For example, French critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, a name not much bruited in the blogosphere, I’ll warrant. In the middle of the 19th century, his reviews appeared every Monday for 28 years. He was a humane, tolerant and relentlessly curious man who once summarized his method in two words: ‘Just characterization.'”

Not to get too down on your ass, Dick but I’ve been bruiting old C-A S-B all over the Internet for years. You just weren’t paying attention, I’ll warrant.