Books: Gamy Anthropology

GUMBO YA-YA—Lyle Saxon, Edward Dreyer, Roberf Tallant — Houghton Mifflin ($5).

This book is a somewhat violent, some what gamy anthropology of New Orleans below the belt. Most of the material for it was jotted down in hundreds of conversa tions with Negroes and white people. It begins with the cacophonous Mardi Gras saturnalia of "Kings, Baby Dolls. Zulus and Queens'' (Baby Dolls are Negro trulls, Zulus are their men friends who elect a Negro King of the Mardi Gras). It ends with "Superstitions," "Colloquialisms" and "Customs." In between, the book's 581 pages...

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