Publications: The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The New Yorker
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In a different reality, Anthony Lane could be a prolific comedy writer. Through his intelligent reviews, The New Yorker's free-wheeling critic (he's been on staff there since 1993) always conveys a sharp sense of humor, addressing a film's faults and positive attributes with self-deprecation and jokes.
In his 2003 book, Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker, Lane provided a short list of must-do practices for anyone who's interested in following a similar career path, and it's quite indicative of the man's wit. Case in point, this tip: "Try to keep up with documentaries about Swabian transsexuals (or, see everything regardless of budget or hype)."