She is a semi-autobiographical character created by Candace Bushnell , whose book Sex and the City was adapted into the franchise. Carrie is a New York City columnist and fashionista; her weekly column, "Sex and the City," provides the narration for each episode. When the series premiered, the character was praised by critics as a positive example of an independent woman in the vein of Mary Tyler Moore. However, retrospective analysis tends to place more emphasis on the character's repeated and often unrepentant infidelities , with many critics instead viewing her as narcissistic.
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times's Book Critic in Chief | National Review
Critical Condition In the life of a New Yorker, there are several unpleasant things one will inevitably have to face: Having your purse stolen, random public urination, and seeing a gay friend's boyfriend in a Broadway revue. I think I understand the three-drink minimum now. You're not enjoying the revue? Frankly, I'm more concerned about my own review in the Times. Oh, my God, right, your book's reviewed this week. You must be so excited.
Her awards include a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. While her father was born in Japan, her mother was a second-generation Japanese-American raised in Berkeley, California. Kakutani initially worked as a reporter for The Washington Post , and then from to for Time magazine, where Hersey had worked. In , she joined The New York Times as a reporter.
There's nothing quite so satisfying as an all-knives-out book review, and in her tenure as the lead literary critic for the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani has consistently dished them up. Martin Amis's new book, The Second Plane, was dismissed as " a weak, risible " volume; Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down was condemned as a " maudlin bit of tripe "; and Jonathan Franzen's memoir, The Discomfort Zone, was reviled as " an odious self-portrait of the -artist as a young jackass ". And this approach, while delicious for readers, has naturally won Kakutani enemies. Earlier this week, a Harvard student newspaper reported that Franzen had said that " the stupidest person in New York City is currently the lead reviewer of fiction for the New York Times ".