From the deep archives: J. R. Ackerley’s WE THINK THE WORLD OF YOU

November 29, 2010

One of my favorite movies of the year so far has been My Dog Tulip, based on the book by J. R. Ackerley, a somewhat obscure but much-admired gay man of letters in the last half of the 20th century. Watching it twice, thinking about it, and talking it over with friends has sent me back to the review I wrote in the Soho News in 1981 of what was then the newly-issued paperback edition of Ackerley’s novel, We Think the World of You. The novel has since been made into a fine little movie starring Alan Bates and Gary Oldman. My review is one of my favorite things I ever wrote. I happened to have personal connections at the time to the artist Don Bachardy, Christopher Isherwood‘s longtime partner, who I knew had made one of his famous portraits of Ackerley, and I landed what I thought was a major coup by getting Bachardy to let us publish his picture (see below) with my review.

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