Books: Button Up Your Overcope

BARNETT FRUMMER IS AN UNBLOOMED FLOWER by Calvin Trillin. 98 pages. Viking. $4.50.

Consider Barnett Frummer. He is a radical for love's sake who finds himself stuck to the hot asphalt pavement after going limp while protesting housing discrimination. He is the hapless yearner for un-chic Rosalie Mondle, who might one day paint "Get Out of Vietnam" across his chest. He is the groping incipient gourmet (trying to out-cook his friends) who dreams that he is accused of eating Fritos. He is the poor chap who cannot get invited to those with-it parties...

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