Defense of the car critic’s Pulitzer

Last week’s Pulitzer award to Dan Neil, L.A. Times car critic, sent the World of Serious Journalists into a tizzy. Tom Mangan of Prints the Chaff takes a look at Neil’s columns and calls the critic “hip and sassy, sort of a Wonkette for the passing lane.” Neil’s pieces remind Mangan of “reading Car and Driver back in the late ’70s, when P.J. O’Rourke was in its stable of writers. They were all smart-alecky car nuts who wrote with the same verve and authority Neil exudes.”


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