Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 7, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
A miscellany of brief book reviews Saluru'ay, Auguil 7, 197! _ THE IETHBRIDCE HUALD S 'The New Eroticism" cd- ilcd by Pldllp Nobilc (Ran- dom House, 238 pages, 59.50) rpHE New Eroticism is about well, it's about the new eroticism. It is a compilation o[ 2.') ar- ticles dealing with topics rang- ing from pornography and cen- sorship to sexual perversion and the "new homosexuality" to nude therapy to sex on the stage. Several of the contributors write in a put-on pop style, wliile at the other extreme, two or three wriler's seem addict- ed to the type of convoluted, turgid prose that would do jus- tice to any French existemial- ist philosopher. Fortunately, most of the pieces in the book are serious and thoughtful attempts to deal with of a sexual na- ture, but arc nonetheless intel- ligible to the average reader. The New Eroticism may be a bit New YorkisJi after all, these tilings couldn't be hap- pening in Lethbridge, could they? but if you're interest- ed in where the "sexual revolu- tion" may be heading, this book could give you some valuable insights. MYRON JOHNSON. "How to live in the woods on pennies a day" by Brad- ford Angler, (Stackpolc Eooks, 152 pages, distributed hy George J. McCleod Ltd. rpHE title promises the ad- venturer or the incurable romantic instructions so he may return to nature and re- duce his life style to the essen- tials. The book [alls far short of keeping the promise. The second chapter seems to be the only one giving any real help when it lists addresses and offices which may be con- tacted for information about wilderness settb'ng in Alaska, the interior of British Colum- bia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The other chapters appear to be only glossy advertisements Jor books on the subject al- ready written and sold by Mr. Ajigier. The book is a great disap- pointment. LAHRY DENNETT. icalion Iowa. at the University of JANE HUCKVAL1S "Levkas Man" by Ham- mond Innes (Collins, 320 pages, JJAMMOND INNES can al- ways be relied on to come up with a crackling good ad- venture story. His latest is set chiefly in the Greek Archipela- go and involves archaeology, smuggling and intrigue. The main character and his father, an elderly ai'chaeolog- ist who has at one time been detected faking discoveries at a dig, is further suspected of associations with Russians. His illegitimate son, around whom the story evolves, finds himself unwittingly caught up in some of his father's activi- ties. There is plenty of action in smuggling in an underwater exploration, and in dodging from authorities. A good week- end type of story, hard to put down once started. MARGARET LUCKHURST. "Reclaiming the Canadian Economy: A Swedish Ap- proach through Functional So- cialism" by Gunnar Adlor- Karlsson (Anansi, D7 pages, softback, WITHOUT the sub-title a reader of this Iwok would be grossly mislead. The title ig only barely justified by the introduction by Abraham Hot- stein. Sweden has gone further than i..--' capitalist countries i control of the economy but with !ii per cent of produc- tion in the hands of private enterprisers it scarcely quali- f'rs to be called socialist in the classic understanding. People ho are prone to lamp (lie func- lic. 1 socialism Sweden with Jhe socialism o' F.a.slorn Europe would be surprised in road the nuthoi' crilicisn.j of commun- isir. One the most interesting parLs of tlie book is that n-liicli takes a look at socialism for diveloping nations. DOUG WALKER "Planet of Hie Voles" by Charles 1'latt, (G. P. Put- nam's Sons, 102 pages, dis- tributed by Longman Canada Ltd., TJOMINEERING armies of matriachal hordes have cn'.ered our universe; the only defenders arc specially genet- ically-bred mercenaries based on a planatoid converted to a spaceship. The heroes of this purely es- capist tale are an overly-artis- tic photographer and a too- short janitor-engineer. Their task is to free a planet outpost of humans ilrrrently dominated by the Voles. For pure escapism and lei- sure reading the book is excel- lent. LARRY BENNETT. "Morality and Eros" by Richard L. Rubcnstcin (Mc- Graw-Hill, 205 pages, TN previous books (After Auschwitz; The Religious Situation reviewed together in The Herald, August 17, 1968) Rabbi Rubenstein put himself in the camp of the radical Death of God theologians. Questions about the fate of ctliics when the traditional faith has Ijeen abandoned re- sulted in the writing of the present book. Following chap- ters on ethics in general, he deals specifically with aggres- sion, work, love, marriage, di- vorce and tribalism. The last two chapters deal with place and with God after the death of God. 1 did not find this book nearly as stimulating as Ui9 earlier ones. DOUG WALKER "Barefoot in the Kitchen" by Marcia Wallace (MacMil- Ian, ?T.95, 150 I S is a "complete sum- mer especially for summer hostesses at beach cottages or those who have fre- quent weekend guests. One of the problems with weekend guests is, of course, trying to serve them appetizing meals without slaving over a hot stove all day long to do so. This book is filled with re- cipes using summer produce in the markets and not too diffi- cult to prepare. If you go for cool buttermilk soup, aspara- gus with sorrel sauce and kedgeree you'll find this a dandy guide. Also of great as- sistance are the complete weekend menus which help el- iminate that perennial question "what will I serve them this lime." For people who like to cook this is a good book for summer and winter shelves. MARGARET LUCKHURST. that Burroughs Clearing House buys cartoons about loans and investments and pays SI 5 on acceptance. No Ca- nadian outlets for cartoons arc listed unfortunately. A good book for gag car- toonists and semi-retired gam- bler's. DARCY RIOKAHD. "IVIial Do You Hear From U'alden by Jack Douglas (Putnam, 222 pages. 57.50, distributed by Long- man Canada A funny bcok hy a noted fun- ny man. The story, such as it is, concerns the return of the author from remote Lost Lake in northern Canada to zany Hollywood lo write a script for a show. Anyone with time lo kill .could do it effortlessly by reading this book although, come lo think of it, it does take some effort to keep a', if in the early part. DOUG WALKER "Indian Rock Carvings of the Pacific Northwest" by Ed- ward Mcadc (Gray's Publish- ing Lid., m pages, SS.ML A LL THE KNOWN sites of petruglyphs on the coast from Alaska to Puget Sound have been charted by Edward Meade, an accomplished ama- teur archaeologist. In this book lie discusses the possible signifi- cance and age of the carvings and provides many fine photo- graphs. In a forewanl, Wilsun Duff, Associate Professor, dcpf. of Anthropology and Sociology, University of British Columbia notes the danger in publishing a book such as this added publicity increases the traffic of visitors to the sites, which sometimes results in vandalism. He hopes readers will follow the example cf Edward Mcado and respect these ancient rec- ords of the past DOUG WALKER Refreshment Wilson Pholo "Not a One Way the autobiography of James S. Duncan. Clarkc-Irwin. 255 pps. S2.95. rpHE FORMER president of Massey Harris Co., and president of Ontario Hydro writes of his business career and his involvement in com- munity affairs, Duncan came to Canada when he was 17 in 1910 to start work for Massey- Harris and was instrumental in making it an international household word among farm families. He served in the first World War, and during the sec- ond, became deputy minister for air wilh responsibilities for the commonwealth air training plan. He gave freely of his ex- perience to many volunteer pro- jects across the nation. In- cluded in this story of a life- time's involvement with Can- ada and Canadian affairs, are vignettes and impressions of the great and the near-great he knew here and abroad. JANE HUCKVALE "C a r [oonist's market" ed- ited by Richard TTosenthal (Writer's Digest. 22 East 12th SI. Cincinnali, Ohio 45210, 83 pages, TTIIS book answers the ques- tion "Where can I sell my by listing 500 U.S'. general interest and specialty magazines, trade journals, and newspaper syndicates. Of inler- cst to the beginner and profes- sional alike, it will be read wi'.h greater care after the first 600 rejection slips. Every once in a while some- Censorship controversy continues "Censorship: For and Against" edited by Harold H. Hart 'Hart Publishing Co.. Inc., 255 pages, softback, 53.50 distributed by George J. Mc- Lcod Ltd.'. twelve contributors to this book seem to be mostly concerned about the censor- ship of pornography. This is to be expected since it is tlie point at which censorship is most debateable in other areas there is general agree- ment, mostly against censor- ship. As it happens, the majorily of contributors to this book are against censorsliip even of por- nography. They are not in fa- vor1 of pornography; they just do not think censorship works or that it needs to be imposed. Of the three writers in favor of censorslu'p, Uic best case is made by Ernest van den Ilaag, a practicing psychoanal- and teaching professor of philosophy- He argues that por- nography is antihuman and an- tisocial. "By inviting us to re- duce others lo sources of sen- sation, pornography destroys tlie psychological bonds that bind society." Censorship is as justifiable as tlie imposition of speed limits as a way of protecting from harm. Although Msgr. Joseph How- ard, executive secretary of the National Office for Decent Lit- haps, that Americans were so ready for public pornography was that they had become so adept at producing it private- ly." Judith Crist, the famous mo- vie critic, thinks children should be protdcted from "the ugliness, the inhumanity, the grotesque distortions of hard- core pornography, just as they should be protected from the sadism, the perversity, and the disregard of human values in the violent entertainments pre- sented to them in the guise of adventure shows." But beyond that, she is not in favor of cen- sorship. Its attraction soon palls she thinks the end of the era of voyeurism is arriv- ing. The most spirited opposition to censorship is made by Ca- rey McWilliams, editor of The Nation. His statement that "most censorship or anti-smut campaigns are either directed as rackets or conducted from ulterior motives" is as objec- tionable as Msgr. Howard's comment about Commies. Cen- sorship could easily get out nf hand and apply to political ma- terial and is therefore totally objectionable to Sir. McWil- liams. All the writers have interest- ing things to say. But even though Nat Henloff, staft writ- er for The New Yorker, ex- presses surprise that censor- ship is still a subject for de- bate, it is not likely that many readers will come away total- ly convinced one way or the other- DOUG WALKER, The west as it was "Voices of the Red hy James Markham. Iowa State Press: 457 pps. A DETAILED, carefully doc- umented analysis of mono- polislic mass communications in China and Russia showing how the press, radio, TV and other message transmitters aro iisnd as polilical tools. Markham reaches the conclu- sion that mass communications suffering the- limitations set upon it by lolalilarian direction "can hardly ho expected to pro- duce an onlighlened public. Rather, the media audience is more likely to be one that is filled with ignorance and mis- conception, and lacking a con- trol of meaning that creates A scholarly work by a specialist. The author is head of the Depart- ment of International Commun- one gets out a book on draw- ing cartoons and generally erature, asks the editor to put speaking the art is presented him tllc ns being about as easy as fall- llc is actually in favor of cen- sorsliip. The tone of bis con- tribution is such that it is not likely to win many converts. He even presents the notion (hat the spread of salacious lit- erature is a "Commie" "standard move in the soft- ing off a log. Gradually the newcomer awakens to the fact that humorous drawing can be as difficult as any other kind ol drawing. When this happens the tyro settles down, learns his craft and begins lo sell a few cartoons. This happy slate of affairs could IK has'_c'ncd by studying a section of the book entitled "Tips for Cartoonists" written by gag cartoonist Jack Markow. With the exception of Iho newspaper syndicates, which are interested in comic strips, the markets are mainly for panel or gag cartoons. Tlie book lolls us, for example, that Playboy pays and up for a black mid white cartoon, and up for a color drawing; r.ning up process which pre- cedes every takeover." Whereas Msgr. Howard con- lends that "pornography is catching" and can infect even Mother Superior, Ilollis Alpcrl, contributing editor for .Satur- day Review, says for the non- addict, pornography "becomes increasingly offensive." Dis- gusting os much iHirnography is, il is hard lo suppress and will heroine harder because of new techniques for producing It He says "ono reason, per- "Horse and Buggy West" by Jack O'Connor 'Knopf. TACK O'CONNER is no stranger to the outdoors- men of Canada, for he has been the highly respected Gun Editor of Outdoor Life Magazine for many years. He has been a per- sonal friend of mine for nearly twenty years- We have shared the same campfires on a wilder- ness packtrain trip with his family one summer, and anoth- er year we went on a spring bear hunt. I have further enjoy- ed the warm hospitality of his home in Lewiston, Idaho. So when I read his latest book, Horse And Buggy West, it was like sitting by a fire out under the stars on some moun- tain meadow listening lo him tell his story. This is a biofrraplucal account of his early life in Arii'.ona bo- fore that big wide open counlry got cluttered up with automo- biles and asphalt. In his own unique and skillful style, some- times pungent but always open- ly honest, tlie author tells of the fun, adventure and the sadness of growing up. There is a poig- nancy in his slory on occasion, a corlain and loneli- noss; for Jack lost tlie influence and the comradeship of his father at an early age. But be was lucky enough to have a very remarkable uncle and also a grandfather that made up for it, and helped steer him on what developed into a color- ful and adventurous life. Those who like a story of the w est the way it was when it was young will truly enjoy this book, it will not mailer if you ever saw a horse and bufigy, or know what it is like to grow up in a small frontier town, you will have trouble selling it down once it is opened. There are very few men like Jack O'Connor wilh the built-in brand of courage and guts it Likes lo live the way he wants (o live, nit loose from Ihe ties of conventional security and happiness be damned, and carve out a life career as a photo-journalist, author, gun ex- perl and world (I'aveller. It is the Idnd of path that is never easy, sometimes downright risky and oflcn very discourag- ing; hut he has more than proved it can be done. lie has written many good books, but tliis one has some- thing the rest do not have. Suf- fice you will have lo find out what that somolhing is for yourself. Tho lendinjr will be very enjoyable and nl.so inform- ative. ANDY RUSSELL. Weekend without tuxes WASHINGTON The income lax people have ruled a summer weekend at a country home, or a resort, is tax deduct- ible as entertainment, providing business is discussed during the period in question. The host must be able to prove that ho has a logical business relationship wilh Ihe person entertained, and the weekend invi- tation was not just for pleasure. While the ruling cited no example as to what would constitute a lax deductible weekend, we believe the following would be acceptable: "Well, Miss Goodheart, I guess you're wondering why I brought you out here to the Secret Valley Hotel for the weekend." "The idea did pass through my head, Mr. Rathbone." "Thank you, I'll have a teensy weensy double vodka on the rocks." "Miss Goodheart, I was wondering if you had any ideas on how we could increase our sales on hydraulic turbine fluids." "I've only been with (he company two weeks Mr. Rathbone, and being in the sec- retarial pool I really haven't had much chance to think about il." "Would you care for another "Just ask the bartender lo freshen Ibis one up with a little more vodka." "Miss Goodheart, has anyone told you you're a very, very beautiful and wara "Oh, Mr. Ralhbone. You do have a way with words." "I'm going to ask you something very personal now, Miss Goodheart, and you don't have to answer if you don't want to." "Yes, Mr. "If we were going to set up z Midwest sales office for the company should we do it in Akron, Ohio, or Springield, "Gosh, Mr. Rathbone, they both sound great to me." "Forgive me if I take notes. Miss Good- heart, has anyone told you that you have lovely skin7 Silling here under the stars wilii the violins playing in the dining room you remind me of a Greek goddess." "I'll admit it's better than typing." "Miss Goodheart, I knew when I first saw you that you had a head for business. Tell ire something. If we merged with Plastics and spun off our interest in Alpha Containers do you think the Jus- tice Department would give us any "I say do uftat you want as you only live once. My, Mr. Rathbone, your hands are warm." "You do something to me, Miss Good- heart. I've never felt this way about a woman before." "I don't want you to get any ideas, Mr. Rathborne, that just because I came to the Secret Valley Hotel with you for the week- end, that I can be trifled with." "And I respect you for it, Miss Good- heart. I want you to know I brought you out here because I see in you a psrson who can make a great contribution to the com- pany. You're young and fresh and pink- cheeked and that's what the company needs "We want new blood, with strong minds and firm bodies." "Mr. Rathbone, you're chewing on my earring." "Sorry. What I'm trying to find out from you is a way we can cut costs, up pro- duction and still compete wilh the Japa- nese." "That's a big question, Mr. Rathbone. Maybe we should sleep on it." "Miss Goodheart, you have made me and my accountant the happisst men in this world." (Toronto Telegram News Service) Six steps for the UN By U Thanl U Thant is Secretary General of the UN. This article is excerpted from a speech before the Organization of Araer-. ican States In Costa Rica. are my views regarding the new directions the world should take. First and foremost, the world must ra- dically change from the present course of national divisions and antagonisms lo a course of common concern and unity of pur- pose. Since a major power, measured rightly or wrongly by the possession of ma- jor arms, also entails major responsibili- ties, I have posed a question whether it would not be possible for the heads of state of Hie great powers, including the Peo- ple's Republic of China, to meet from time to time at one of tlie offices of the United Nations located in a neutral country to in- itiate a change from confrontation and di- vision to the building of a safe and peace- ful world. Even if I am not heard, I will keep on repealing this exhortation which I consider fundamental to a change in (he present detrimental course of events. Second, as I have often said, the time has come, when tlie United Nations must be made universal. The absence of tlie Peo- ple's Republic of China and of the divided countries give year after year to debates on international co-operalion and disarma- ment in the United Nations a greater sense of artificiality. There can be no se- cure peace and world order until all quali- fied nations are part of a world-wide sys- tem of security arid solidarity. On a small planet so closely knit today by communi- cations, transportation, scientific and tech- nological strides and faced with new global dangers and challenges, for nations ta par- ticipate in global instruments and affairs is not only a right: it has become a re- sponsibility, a very serious responsibility indeed. An international organization can only solve multilateral problems when all parties to those problems lake part in the deliberations intended to work out correc- tive measures. Only Ihen will all parties concerned feel bound to implement such measures. The necessity of world commit- ment and the aims of world-wide peace, justice and progress require a universal society of nations. Third, the impatient aspirations of peo- ple for economic betterment and social justice are so intense and explosive that we must revise our present priorities as they result from the world's divisions and the consequent armaments race. It is inexplic- able and inexcusable to continue to spend 200 billion dollars a year on defense and weaponry when so rr.uch crying misery is waiting for compassion, concern and cor- rection all over the world. How long can the community of nations continue on this path without revolt of the people? Is there no other more intelligent way lo keep the factories running, to mould our physical resources into goods beneficial to the peo- ple and to secure employment for all? The alternatives are so exciling and urgent: lo alleviate poverty, to enhance the education of all, to provide better health and hous- ing, lo preserve and embellish our natural environment and so forth and so on. We sec the beginnings of such wisdom embo- died in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and it is to be hoped that this may well be the entrance to a new royal road for humanity. Fourth, we must review the claim of ex- dusivism of political and social systems. There has been nothing more dangerous, more illusory and more damaging in hu- man history than the claim of exclushism. To it we owe the long religious wars, all waged in the name of exclusive possession of tlie tmth. It is only recently that there has been evidence of tolerance arid some mutual understanding among religions. There is also a general acceptance of the principle that no nation has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of another. We must not lose again precious years to similar divisive exercises in the art of gov- erning men. No rigid system, however well-established on a few sacrosanct prin- ciples, is able to cope wift all the prob- lems of our diverse, complex and constant- ly changing society, in a world of many billions of people who are divided into highly industrialized societies, as well as regions of extreme poverty, each with Uieir own special problems, character and cul- tural heritage, there can be no universal recipe or simplistic system- Fifth, as we turn progressively away from what divides us, we must bend our thoughts and efforts to what Kill unite us. There are hopeful signs that this is being increasingly recognized by scientists, by large segments of public opinion and by several Governments. The chapter on glo- bal challenges in President Nixon's report on a United States foreign policy for the 1970's should be read with great care by all concerned observers. And there have been equally positive and hopeful statements in favor of co-operation instead of confronta- tion at the 24th Soviet Communist Party Congress. In this connection the adoption at the 25th session of the United Nations' General Assembly of the Declaration on the Strengthening of International Security represents a significant milestone in the march of humanity towards the goal of peace and security. Last but not least, it is my personal conviction that we must strive again at forming a total man nourished not only by material aspirations but deeply entrenched in morality, tolerance, unselfislmess and understanding for Ms fellow-men. In the world of tomorrow which will comprise many billions of people, our best chance, and perhaps our only chance to secure a peaceful, just and orderly society is to rely heavily on the peace, the behaviour, tlie sense of justice, the tolerance and Hie kindness of individuals. Institutions and pbb'tical structures are only servants of the people. No institution, however vast and powerful it may be, will ever be able to match the value of the individual human lite. Education, including moral education, probably holds one of .the most important keys to the future. In tlie difficult task thai lies ahead, aimed at building an orderly world on some of the most complex foundations that ever were, the community of nations once again greatly counts on tlie qualities of the heart and of the spirit of (lie Americas. (Now York Times) Still champion 13ON GENT hasn't got a eilhcr. He's had the mel.-il posl-s in the ground for a year or so and tliis sum- mer he drilled holes in them. I guess next summer Don miRliI inscrl bolls in Ihe holes. The summer aflcr that be might add the two by foul's. Maybo Uio By Dong Walker fence yet following summer ho might saw the boards and leave them to season. There is an obvious finesse, about way Ron is stalling on his fence hut I'm still Ihe champion in Uw( I Iwven't even thought about the design of our fence yet.