Shooting Midnight Cowboy, by Glenn Frankel

Staff Pick

Midnight Cowboy--the first (and only) X-rated film to win the Best Picture Academy Award--is truly a movie that you couldn’t make now, and Frankel’s wonderful book demonstrates that you almost couldn’t make it back in the 1960s.This account explores how a taboo-busting novel about an unlikely friendship attracted an equally unlikely group of people--including a gay British director, a blacklisted screenwriter, the star of The Graduate, an unknown blonde, a  Fifth Beatle and a cohort of Warhol superstars—for a drama in a Manhattan on the verge of total collapse. Their stories and insight provide a fascinating glimpse of a time when art and sex and success and creativity were being redefined in ways that still reverberate today.


Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic By Glenn Frankel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250829498
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Published: Picador - March 15th, 2022

Sellout, by Dan Ozzi

Staff Pick

Blame it on Dookie. When Green Day’s 1994 album turned the Bay Area trio into world-straddling superstars, A&R men started looking in nightclubs and college basements for the next pop-punk sensation. What happens to a guitar-slinging anarchist when a very large check is waved under their nose? Ozzi looks at Green Day and ten other bands ranging from Blink-182 to My Chemical Romance to Against Me! for the answer. It’s a warped tour of booze, drugs, hook-ups, fistfights, MySpace, and sleeping on fans’ floors. Ultimately, though, Sellout is a tribute to the bands, the labels, and fans who heard something behind the dollar signs--the music that could be their lives.


Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

The Conjure-Man Dies, by Rudolph Fisher

Staff Pick

First published in 1932 during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, this superb mystery was the first to feature a Black detective--two of them, in fact. The plot revolves around a dead psychic, and suspects include high-lifes and low-lifes, but Conjure-Man consistently defies expectations, flipping the entire notion of a “locked-room” mystery on its head as Fisher piles twist upon twist. The physician-turned-author and Pan-Africanist also compiled a slang dictionary of Harlemese, and among the book's many pleasures is the wicked snap and crackle of its streetwise patter. This is a landmark mystery that's far from finished delighting audiences.


The Conjure-Man Dies (Library of Congress Crime Classics) By Rudolph Fisher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781464215964
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - April 5th, 2022