Well, now the paperwork is more or less done and the work is well underway, I feel less antsy about publicly disucssing the book I'm working on. The commission is from Cahiers du Cinema, for an entry in its Anatomy of An Actor series. These are hardcover editions, beautifully designed and copiously illustrated, in which a particular screen performer's body of work as a whole is examined through the critical prism of ten specific roles/performances. The French critic Florence Colombani has written the book on Marlon Brando, Karina Longworth has written one on Al Pacino, and I am doing one on Robert De Niro, for publication in the Spring of next year. The work on the book is pretty well underway and I am right now feeling as if it might not turn out so badly if I manage not to screw it up. I am grateful for all the good wishes I've gotten from readers and social media contacts already. I haven't read Colombani's text yet but I have read Longworth's, and I sincerely believe she did a great job, and that her insights will get you thinking about Pacino in a way you haven't up until now. If I can achieve something even slightly to that effect in my work, I'll be pleased.
In the meantime, I have, ahem, a bleg. I really ought to have accosted Kurt Anderson at the screening of To The Wonder we both attended this evening, but I'm shy that way. So. I need to trakc down an article in Spy magazine, from the mid-eighties, which was about how the most celebrated actors in motion pictures weren't really movie stars from a box-office-grossing perspective. This was before Midnight Run and so of course De Niro was Exhibit A in the piece. I'm off to various libraries tomorrow for the second leg of my clippings research, and am hoping it will just turn up, but if anyone can give me a leg up with respect to this particular item, I'd be much obliged and you'd earn a mention on the acknowledgments page (oh, the glory). Please feel free to chime in such data as might be useful below, or send me an e-mail. Thanks!
UPDATE: Article located as of the morning of March 27. Many thanks to all who gave tips.