PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION | MARK HARRIS | PENGUIN | $17 | It's some trick: Mark Harris created a cohesive, compelling account of the genesis of all the films nominated for the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award. Pictures provides charming snapshots of terribly glamorous people, as well as a thoughtful analysis of a strange time. But for all the astute observations about New Hollywood and the anecdotes about Godard or Mike Nichols, Rex Harrison steals the show — he spent the duration of Doctor Doolittle blackout drunk and being bitten by animals.
CUTE, QUAINT, HUNGRY AND ROMANTIC | DANIEL HARRIS | DA CAPO | $16.95 | Challenging consumerism was never quite as fun as it is in this bad-tempered take from America's most criminally underappreciated prose stylist.
RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN | SIMON REYNOLDS | PENGUIN | $17 | Most writing about music is terrible. This — Reynolds's pithy history of first-wave UK post-punk — is the opposite.
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