Winter 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Book Reviews |

A McCarthy Inquiry

A Charmed Life by Mary McCarthy. Harcourt. $3.95. Readers of The Oasis and The Groves of Academe may have prepared themselves for another turbulent, clever, conflicting McCarthy investigation—this time not an expose of intellectual-front groups or progressive colleges, but of an "artistic" community. Unfortunately, this view of the matter occurs in the headlines only and the full-scale inquiry that might have been expected loses momentum fairly soon. The inhabitants of New Leeds, who might have been the focus of interrogation, prove themselves of almost no value on the witness stand, except as the target of a few jokes. They are so vulnerable that they quickly appear invulnerable; their failures have been so often reported that they seem no longer failures but the mild eccentricities of a group of food faddists, or a colony of The House of David. New Leeds is "a hive of inactivity" ar.d its "artists" never produce anything. "These people here . . . had no object in lif

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