December 24, 1979 12:00 PM

The author of Scruples belatedly found ecstasy in James Clavell’s Shogun, agony in Robert Ringer’s Winning through Intimidation. On TV, The $1.98 Beauty Contest turned her stomach; I, Claudius repeats were the antidote. In movies, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs pleasured her. Apocalypse Now was “pretentious. I hated it.”

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