It was too good to be true when Michael Sragow became a properly paid full-time film critic again by joining the staff of the Orange County Register, after transitioning to editing at The Baltimore Sun. That was in February 2013, and 60-year-old Sragow–who has written reviews for The New Yorker, The Boston Phoenix, The L.A. Herald Examiner, Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Examiner, and penned a well-reviewed Victor Fleming biography in 2008–was eager to get back to writing about film. So he and his wife Glenda sold their Baltimore house and bought a new one in L.A. They were back in Southern California.
Well, inevitably the O.C. Register was forced to confront the harsh realities of newspaper publishing today, so Sragow and many others were recently laid off. He has landed on his feet, though. He’s now online critic and West Coast Editor of Film Comment–a role I had there some years back. I wish him well. More books!