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The Work He Was Born to Do: Jim Ridley’s Legacy Lives on in New Book

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Maria Browning contributes this review of People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley, a new book of Ridley’s film reviews, edited by Steve Haruch. This piece also runs at Chapter16.org.

“Beloved” is not a word usually associated with critics, but Jim Ridley, who spent 20 years as a film critic at the alt-weekly Nashville Scene and another seven as its editor, was absolutely beloved. When he died in 2016 after collapsing in his Scene office, the wave of sorrow rippled far beyond his personal circle. Many people who knew him only through his writing felt as if they’d lost a brilliant friend. A new collection of his work, People Only Die of Love in Movies, confirms that, in a very real sense, they had. Ridley’s voice was dazzling, honest, joyful, and a consistent force for good in the cultural life of the city he loved. Read the rest of this entry »