Books: The End of the New

THE NEOPHILIACS by Christopher Booker. 414 pages. Gambit. $8.95.

What on earth do the Beatles, Harold Wilson, Twiggy and Kenneth Tynan have in common? In their variously fashionable ways, all have been trapped within "the bubble of compulsive up-to-dateness." They are Neophiliacs—lovers of "the new"—and they are doomed to live out the damnation of all ultramodern men: "Keeping pace with pace."

Thus speaks Christopher Booker, a repentant Neophiliac himself, onetime scriptwriter for That Was the Week

That Was. With all the eye-rolling horror of an ex-sinner, Booker, 32, looks back on the English scene of the past 15 years or so as a...

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