Picks and Pans Review: Bookmark

UPDATED 01/23/1989 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/23/1989 at 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Sun., Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m. ET)


The last thing the book biz needs these days is something to make it look dull, snooty and unimportant. But that, I'm sorry to report, is just what this new series about authors does in its very first episode. The guest is Robertson Davies, the author of What's Bred in the Bone and the new The Lyre of Orpheus and a man with one of the most delightful styles and beards in all modern fiction. Whenever I've seen Davies interviewed on TV, he sparkles with wit and shines with clarity. But here he has no chance to do either. The host of Bookmark, Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's, asks snoozer questions while fellow author Alison Lurie hogs camera time to plug her novel The Truth About Lorin Jones. If you love good writing, do not waste your eyesight and time on this travesty. Read a book instead.

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