Books: Peeping Tome

OBSERVATIONS (151 pp.)—Photographs by Richard Avedon, comments by Truman Copo/e—Simon & Schuster ($15).

The camera marks the most important advance in the technology of eavesdropping since the invention of the keyhole. The prying eye can now record what it sees, and gossip has become a visual as well as a verbal art. This is vividly apparent in Observations, a sort of peeping tome in which Photographer Richard Avedon's pictures are discussed by Author Truman Capote. Unfortunately, Capote writes in a style that combines the worst features of Henry James, Dorothy Kilgallen, and deb talk (says he of Marilyn Monroe: "Just a...

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