American Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michiko Kakutani is stepping down from her prestigious position in the literary world. Through her four decades long career, Kakutani managed to build a solid reputation for herself as an honest and articulate judge of any type of fiction and nonfiction book no matter how harsh the verdict was. Nonetheless, the New York Times critic was one of the reasons the world heard of J. K. Rowling, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, and David Foster Wallace.
The New York Times Critic Was Never Dissuaded from Portraying the Truth Exactly as She Saw It
On Thursday, literary and journalism worlds rustled at the news of the departure of an esteemed book critic from her position as a chief book critic. The New York Times announcement received heartwarming feedback from readers and writers alike. However, there were also some murmurs of delight from those who had received Kakutani’s acerbic reviews. Nonetheless, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic was never afraid to display the truth to her readers.
Kakutani’s career took off with The Times in 1979 where she was going to become the iconic book critic in a span of 39 years. In 1998, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. The executive director of The Times, Dean Baquet, followed his note to employees on Thursday breaking the news with words of appraisal. He considers that Michiko acted as a lighthouse for readers through the darkness for almost 40 years.
“And no one, I would venture, knows more about the literature and writing that flowed out of Sept. 11.”
Kakutani Already Knows How the Next Stage in Her Life Is Going to Unfold
Michiko Kakutani herself turned to Twitter to reveal her plans for her new phase in life. She stated that she would very much like to develop longer essays on culture and politics. On the other hand, she admitted that she would always be loyal to her passion for books.
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