Arthur Smith


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Versatile and dependable creator of memorable copy. Comfortable and adroit in any format, from listicles to books. Pop culture expert with decades of critical, analytical, and curatorial experience. Tonal chameleon, focused on infusing writing with style and wit. Known for vast pool of knowledge and interests.


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Exhausting memoir soaked in bodily fluids from warmhearted showbiz vulgarian Osbourne. The wife of madman rocker Ozzy relates her turbulent life story in chummy, "ain't-I-a-stitch" prose that is in equal parts endearing and embarrassing. The daughter of prominent London music executive (and alleged organized-crime figure) Don Arden, Sharon became inured at an early age to all manner of debauchery, violence and domestic chaos.


Daly ( The Book of Mychal, 2009) tells the story of the infamous 1903 execution of Topsy, a man-killing circus elephant. The narrative also encompasses the strange phenomenon of 19th-century elephant mania, the history and culture of traveling circuses, the rivalry between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, and the disquieting marriage of cruel exploitation and exuberant hucksterism that constitutes the dark side of American innovation and progress.

FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson

Behind the scenes of the cinema's gold standard for sparkling romantic comedy. In this slim, fast-paced volume, Wasson ( A Splurch in the Kisser: The Films of Blake Edwards, 2009) presents an irresistibly gossipy account of the production of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), charting the transformation of actress Audrey Hepburn into an icon of emerging sexual liberation-the good/bad girl, the lovable "kook," independent and sexually experienced but sufficiently charming to bring home to mother.

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JUDY AND I by Sid Luft | Kirkus Reviews

Hollywood producer Luft reflects on his relationship with show business legend Judy Garland, whom he married (and managed) during the final great phase of her performing career. The author, who died in 2005, had a reputation as a controlling Svengali, but he comes across here as concerned, pragmatic, and, more often than not, right about Garland's professional trajectory.