Books: It Is Written

THE DREAM DEPARTMENT—S. J. Perelman—Random House ($2).

S. J. Perelman picks up business where he left off with Look Who's Talking (TIME, Aug. 12, 1940). One passage should suffice to give traffic signals to such readers as remain unfamiliar with Perelman's work. The passage was inspired by a notice to the effect that moving pictures would be used for department-store advertising. The title is Kitchenware, Notions, Lights, Action, Camera!

Scene: The music room in the palatial villa of Mrs. Lafcadio Mifflin at Newport. Mrs. Mifflin, a majestic woman in a slim-pin Bemberg corselet well...

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