Books: When Complications Occur

LOVE AND OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES by Molly Haskell

Morrow; 302 pages; $18.95

Ah, to be sick and have Molly Haskell at the bedside. This memoir by the former film critic for Vogue traces the life and near death of Haskell's husband Andrew Sarris, film critic of the Village Voice, who is felled by a mysterious virus and confined to New York Hospital for six months. Blessed with a remarkable gift for clarity and self-reflection, Haskell uses Sarris' illness as a lantern by which she can shine a light on the dark corners of her life: her father's early death; what it...