Spring 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 2 Book Reviews |

Fabulated Goods

The Fabulators by Robert Scholes. Oxford University Press, $5.00. Red-dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes by Terry Southern. New American Library, $5.50. Today, even academics swing. In his book—suitably short, loose, and disjointed—Robert Scholes demonstrates how the avid young critic may shake free of traditionalism and pedantry. Or appear to. First, declare yourself against criticism: "We should always be suspicious of criticism, and especially now. Because the mere production of it, apart from its quality, may do a man good in an academic career, much of it is produced with its author's eye on the wrong object." Never mind that such suspicion would cast doubt on most human achievement; to swing, you must kick your heels at professionalism. Next, throw off the august robes of judgment. Those who set themselves up as arbiters of taste are engaged in an "incredibly presumptuous process . . . known as education. A teacher really teaches not his subject but his view of his

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Thesis and Antithesis

By Alfred Werner

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