We're going to slide aside for a moment here and let the Picturebox hype machine into the driver's seat: "Ever wonder what independent musicians do the other twenty-three hours a day when they're on tour? Real Fun answers this question with over 100 photos of bands in their downtime. Simonian's dreamy, lush Polaroids capture the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, Pavement, Elliot Smith, The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, Wilco and more. Real Fun comes with a CD of exclusive tracks by bands in the book." We'll put our two cents in here to add that the highlight of this volume for us is the 100+ illustrations executed especially for the book by Frank Santoro (Storeyville, Cold Heat). These drawings are eyeballed thumbnails of the Polaroids and serve the obvious function of enabling quick identification of the images. When taking the book as an organic whole, the cumulative effect of these drawings' accompaniment of the photographs is to effect a meditation on the role of drawing in the photographic age, and, tangentially, on the relationship between mark-making and image-making, and the respective capacities of photographs and drawings to communicate as well as to serve as vehicles for story-telling and the transmission of experience; which leads us, inevitably, to comics and cinema. No one is better suited to this task than Santoro.