FICTION: Mechanistic Ass

THE MAN WHO KNEW COOLIDGE, Being the Soul of Lowell Schmaltz, Constructive and Nordic Citizen—Sinclair Lewis—Harcourt Brace ($2).

The Man Located. Lowell Schmaltz takes great pleasure in announcing himself friend to Coolidge, a classmate in fact, though before Christmas of Freshman year he "had to go back home and take up the burden of helping support the family" (in other words, he flunked out). But he did chance once to enter an Amherst classroom simultaneously with Cal, and venture that the winter was going to be cold. Cal "came right back, 'Yep.'...