BOOKS: Mise-En-Mall

A collection arrives from our only shopaholic film critic

For Libby Gelman-Waxner, Premiere magazine's film critic, heaven is surely an eternal Donna Karan sample sale and hell an ongoing panel discussion of Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev. Libby is the rare critic who would rather curl up with a Slim Fast and a copy of Cosmo than a Merlot and an issue of Cahiers du Cinema.

If You Ask Me (St. Martin's Press; 236 pages; $20.95) is a collection of Libby's tremendously funny columns, which have attracted a devoted readership since they first appeared in 1989. Not all Libby's fans know, however, that she is actually the alter ego of playwright and...

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