This Happy New Year post is a way of thanking ten writers who gave me much reading pleasure and taught me many new things last year.
In alphabetical order:
ELENA GORFINKEL: Can I just say how great it is to be able to read the work of this brilliant film scholar on a regular basis now in the pages of Sight & Sound magazine?
CATHERINE GRANT: Nothing less than an Internet film-cultural institution.
AMELIE HASTIE: Pioneering feminist film scholar (for many years part of the Camera Obscura editorial collective) whose invaluable column, “The Vulnerable Spectator,” has run in Film Quarterly for the last five years.
PAMELA HUTCHINSON: An indefatigable freelance critic, silent film historian, and erudite and elegant writer.
SO MAYER: One of film culture’s most gloriously centrifugal thinkers and writers.
— Because so much of their work–poetry, essays, pamphlets–was in print form (see this tweet for details), let me link here to two (of many) online pieces: on “women who wander” in the films of Campion, Varda, and other filmmakers; and an obituary for Armenian fimmaker Maria Saakyan.
B. RUBY RICH: A titan of film culture–whom I’ve been reading for decades. (Full disclosure: I feel fortunate to be working alongside her at Film Quarterly on the journal’s online column, Quorum.)
— All of Ruby’s editorials for Film Quarterly are available to read for free online.
ANNA BACKMAN ROGERS and DANIELLA SHREIR: Two visible and important figures in film culture today, whom I group together because of their invaluable work as editors (of MAI Feminism and Another Gaze, respectively), in addition to their own writings: Rogers’ recently released book on Sofia Coppola (Berghahn Books), and Shreir’s award-winning translation of Chantal Akerman’s My Mother Laughs (Silver Press).
MOIRA WEIGEL: Freelance writer/editor with an extraordinary range, including but traveling well beyond film.
— You can read her film criticism: at Criterion and at n+1.
— “Why Silicon Valley Can’t Fix Itself” at the Guardian.
— Moira also edits the superb technology magazine Logic (with Ben Tarnoff). See her important piece, “The Internet of Women”.
ALISON WILLMORE: Few critics working today are as good at surrounding films with rich context (about representation, cultural politics, industry, genre) in their reviews. Here are just two of many excellent pieces at Buzzfeed (where she is film critic):
If you’re curious: last year’s year-end post also highlighted (and linked to) the work of several excellent writers.
Happy New Year!