With a Little Help From Their Friends

On her last day on the job,  reviews here career as a book critic for The New York Times.

Read the full farewell HERE.


Read enough acknowledgments, though, and you will also discover how many writers are suffering from common unhappiness, as Freud might say. Rough spells come up so frequently that it raises a pair of questions: Does writing a book itself cause distress? Or are writers already distress-prone?