Books: Revolt at the Watercooler

OFFICE POLITICS by Wilfrid Sheed. 339 pages. Farrar, Straus. $4.95.

When the ego has been forgotten, all troubles end. That is the message of this quiet, cutting comedy of manners by the drama and book review editor of Commonweal.

Wilfrid Sheed's hero is George Wren, who has resigned a $13,000-a-year job at CBS, installed his wife, infant son, and burned-out TV set in a disastrous little apartment in Queens, and gone to work for peanuts as a junior editor of The Outsider, a journal of opinion that emerges urbanely from an office full of shrinking subscription lists and thwarted ambitions. Fellow Editor Fritz...

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