To the Editor:
Lawrence Levi, reviewing my book “Nicole Kidman” (Sept. 17), declares that it is “inane.” I know that authors are expected to turn the other cheek and pass on, but something prevents me this time. I told a friend that I had never read Levi’s book — “The Film Snob’s Dictionary” (did it really take two people to write it?) — and the friend replied that Levi clearly hadn’t read mine either. I can assure you that this author doesn’t have it in him to spend two years on a mash note to an actress. I was trying to get at some deeper points about acting, film, power and so on — but alas, I fell short of Levi’s snob standards. So let me share with your weary readers (the Book Review is so often caught between spite and boredom) that The San Francisco Chronicle has just called “Nicole Kidman” “a book that has guts and brains.”
Who's right? You decide.