Books: Urbanity's Insanity

How TO BECOME EXTINCT—Will Cuppy, with illustrations by William Steig —Farrar & Rinehart ($2).

The man who makes even footnotes funny published his first book in ten years last week. Will Cuppy followed up How to Be a Hermit and How to Tell Your Friends From the Apes with the logically inevitable How to Become Extinct. No one has ever made out a better case for it.

"Becoming extinct has its compensations," Cuppy says in recounting how he himself became extinct on Aug. 23, 1934. "It's a good deal like beating the game. I would...

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