Books: Hue and Cry

ON BEING BLUE: A PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY by WILLIAM GASS 91 pages. David R. Godine. $8.95.

Why are blue movies condemned by the bluenoses? How is it possible that blue skies signify happiness while the blues represent a descent into lowdown misery? Once in a blue moon seems more than often enough to raise such questions, and the philosopher who does so is obviously in the mood for a blue streak of idle speculation.

Or is it so idle after all? William Gass is not only a philosopher in the business of posing paradoxes but a...

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