The Omnivore Recommends…
To be or not to be. Leo Benedictus’ debut novel THE AFTERPARTY was praised by Sam Leith for being “a blast: a pacy and amusing satire of celebrity shenanigans, wrapped in glittery postmodern sweetie-wrappers” which, as Olivia Laing judged in the New Statesman, balanced the “postmodern high-wire act” of introducing a character with the same name as the author.
And now Mr Benedictus is getting in on The Omnivore act. He reviewed the reviews of Daniel Radcliffe’s new musical ‘How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ in The Guardian’s What to say about… column yesterday:
Yet, despite all this, with something that the less imaginative critics cannot resist calling wizardry, Radcliffe survives. Scott Brown at New York magazine, as he tends to, puts the matter well: “Radcliffe has often struck the ungenerous mind – mine, I mean – as a nice, lucky kid who was in the right place at the right time,” he says. “He was the boy who looked like Harry Potter, therefore Hollywood made him Harry Potter … Radcliffe, Equus aside, has always given off a just-happy-to-be-here vibe. He still does, and it might be his greatest asset here. For Finch is also a bit of a blank page, one that no one can resist filling with his or her obsessions.”