Books: Arlenquinade

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN—Michael Arlen—Doubleday, Doran ($2).

Green hats "pour le sport and bravely worn" have long since lost their style. But Michael Arlen, who alters the cut of his books at fashion's wink, still has millinery for a stock in trade. "The hats many women wear, even poor women who ought to know better," remarks Johnnie Cloud, narrator of The Flying Dutchman, "are uniformly ugly and idiotic, which is maybe quite natural since, so it's said, fashions for women are made by homosexuals and Lesbians and they don't like women to look attractive to men."

Johnnie, a U. S. aeronautical expert who in...

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