Speaking of The New Yorker, the NYT's Janet Maslin goes after late New Yorker critic Pauline Kael, who is profiled in Brian Kellow's new biography (IW has excerpt, here) and looms large in Paulette critic James Wolcott's own 70s memoir, Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York. Was Maslin an auteurist all along? Remember that she was a film critic at the NYT during the period when Kael was reviewing at The New Yorker. Maslin and lead critic Vincent Canby took a more lean and sober approach to their daily film criticism than the passionate and powerful Kael, expounding weekly in The New Yorker. They were prime competitors.