Books: Enemy of Ooze

AGAINST THE AMERICAN GRAIN (427 pp.) — Dwight Macdonald — Random House ($6.50).

Dwight Macdonald is a genial tilter at windmills, and in his time he has bowled over more than his share. If occasionally a blade clouts him on the back of the noggin, he is undeterred. He barrels on, filling the conversational air with friendly bellowings and snorts even when he has not formed words ready to his tongue. He can keep an interrupter at bay just by an elongated stammer, disarm the most savage attacker with a high, snuffling whinny, and...

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