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'Twee' author Marc Spitz on his nod to a subculture gone too far
'Twee' author Marc Spitz on his nod to a subculture gone too far

The subtitle of "Twee" (It Books: 354 pp, $16.99 paper), Marc Spitz's new cultural history, says it all: "The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film." How we so "gently" arrived here, however, needs an explanation. In Spitz's estimation, all roads lead to Walt Disney, creator of a moviemaking empire (entire fantasy worlds, really) built around sentimental characters and a whimsical "it's a small world after all" perspective — one that some people, to this day, vociferously love or hate. In his introduction, Spitz rattles off a list of influences that, he feels, define what the British press for years has...

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