Books: Anti-Youth Movements

TO ABOLISH CHILDREN AND OTHER ESSAYS by Karl Shapiro. 288 pages. Quadrangle. $6.50.

THE PATCH COMMISSION by Frederick Crews. 173 pages. Dutton. $3.95.

Edsel Margin III and Karl Shapiro agree with millions of other solidifying citizens that America is in the sticky clutches of its children. It makes these two men angry; it makes them nervous; it gives them sour stomachs.

They do, however, differ in an important way. Edsel Margin III is Author Frederick Crews's caricature of a conservative political commentator who confronts the world as if it were a meet between the Yale...