Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Book Reviews |

Stories with Infinite Interiors

The Facts of Life by Paul Goodman. Vanguard. $2.50. The tradition of "new writing" in America has too little strength to support public sympathy and too little weight to smother it. Therefore, when a writer like Paul Goodman works so well within the tradition, his writing becomes something like a public act. It helps to define popular expectations; and once this definition has been achieved, it helps, in turn, to determine how well the expectations of the new tradition have been satisfied. To save his modesty, it may be something like this that he has in mind when he refers to himself as "a 'man of letters' in the old sense. The Facts of Life is a good representative selection of his work in several genres: short stories — "A Ceremonial," "The Canoeist," the title story, etc.; short stories that shade over into plays — "A Statue of Nestor," " A Goat for Azazel," and a play — "Jonah, a Biblical Comedy with Jewish Jokes Culled Far and Wide." In each there is some minglin

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