Books: Secretarial Doodles

LISTEN TO THE MOCKING BIRD (153 pp.) —S. J. Perelman—Simon & Schuster ($2.95).

It was possible "in the early twenties . . . to hire the recording secretary of the Classical High School debating society—a man whose mordant irony reminded his auditors of Disraeli and Brann the Iconoclast, although he had scarcely turned 16 —to sift your ashes and beat your carpets at 30¢ an hour. Even I find it almost too fantastic to credit, and, mind you, I was the recording secretary."

Times and prices have changed since the twenties, but the Secretary, Sid Perelman, goes on recording with the same sharp...

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