In Contention‘s Kris Tapley, currently in London and working in some capacity for the Times Online, has assembled some of the better Sydney Pollack tribute pieces that came out within the last 24 hours.

The best overall belongs to Time‘s Richard Schickel. The bluntest and least gentle is from the Guardian‘s David Thomson. (All the delicate souls who went into cardiac arrest over my comments about the passing of Bob Clark should definitely read this.) Bloomberg NewsPeter Rainer delivers a straight and wise assessment. Some Came Running‘s Glenn Kenny delivers an intriguing thought or two.