Books: Mentholated Eggnog

THE HOLY BARBARIANS (318 pp.)—Lawrence Upton—Messner ($5).

A reader who picks up a book on, say, unidentified flying objects, knows that he is not going to be told, on the first page, that flying saucers are imaginary. The author has an advance from his publisher, and he is going to see the thing through, complete with wiring diagrams and interviews with little green men. The case of the beatniks is similar; the unwashed T shirts are tangible enough, but is there anything new, socio-religio-artistically speaking, inside them? The author of this Baedeker to Beatland...

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