Books by James Wolcott

Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An eclectic collection that reasserts the author's reputation as one of America's most perceptive, candid and humane critics."
A veteran culture critic for Vanity Fair and other publications weighs in and waxes wise on TV, comedians, music, movies, books and writers. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

Longtime Vanity Fair cultural critic Wolcott (Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants, 2004, etc.) celebrates the Big Apple as a haven for the writers, artists, musicians and eccentrics who thrived at its core in the 1970s.

Of the many sentences in Wolcott's memoir that will have contemporary Manhattan-philes gnashing their teeth in envy is this one recounting how the author dealt with losing his on-site staff job at the Village Voice: "From that point onward I never worked a regular office job again, solely writing for a living, something that would have been impossible if New York hadn't been a city of low rents and crappy expectations that didn't require a trust fund or a six-figure income for the privilege of watching everything fall apart before your eyes." Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Forceful nay-saying, buttressed by a few sensible ideas on how to neutralize the nonsense-purveyers."
A bit of an attack dog himself, Vanity Fair cultural critic and novelist Wolcott (The Catsitters, 2001) hoists the gasbags of the mass media on their own petards. Read full book review >
THE CATSITTERS by James Wolcott
Released: July 1, 2001

Fans of critic Wolcott, who's written some of the funniest, most penetrating cultural reviews of the last 25 years, will be surprised by this, his first book, a novel that's so milquetoast you have to wonder if it's really by the same James Wolcott, scourge of shabby prose and shoddy thinking. Read full book review >