The 50 Year Argument

The 50 Year Argument is a new documentary by Martin Scorsese about the NY Review of Books.

However NYRB may have started, it’s Masthead now looks like this.

This THR review notes:

Half a century of high-quality journalism is worth celebrating, of course. But even so, a few dissenting voices among the cheerleaders might have added a little necessary grit. Tom Wolfe, for example, called the paper “the chief theoretical organ of radical chic” while others mockingly branded it “The New York Review of Each Other’s Books”. A vague hint of that self-satisfied smugness occasionally creeps into The 50 Year Argument. A serious critic might note the irony of a film that champions serious criticism without containing any serious criticism itself.

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