Michiko Kakutani Ends Her Reign as The New York Times' Chief Book Critic

She makes her exit after a 38-year career at the Times

The Michiko Kakutani book review is an institution unto itself, one that has now come to an end as The New York Times chief book critic steps down from her role after 38 years at the Times, 34 of which have been spent writing about the work of basically every author in the contemporary Western canon and beyond, from major names, major biographers and political figures to those who would grow to be literary heavyweights. The list includes V.S. Naipaul, Alice Munro, Don DeLillo, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, Robert Caro, J.K. Rowling, George Saunders, Zadie Smith, and on and on.